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Gorbachev's mother sells house for $28

Mikhail Gorbachev's mother has sold the house where he was born to a former Russian rock star for about $28.

Maria Panteleymonovna Gorbachev sold her house in the southern Russian town of Privolnoye for 28,000 rubles, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported Tuesday.

The contract stipulates that the new owner, Andrei Razin, a former rock star turned businessman, turn the house into a Gorbachev museum at some point in the future.

The former Soviet president was born in the house on March 2, 1931, and lived there the first 19 years of his life, leaving it in 1950 to enroll in law school at Moscow State University.

He never returned to live in Privolnoye but stayed there a few days after his resignation when the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991.

Under terms of the contract, Maria Gorbachev can live in the house "as long as she wishes," the newspaper said.

Mrs. Gorbachev used to live comfortably, the newspaper wrote. "Now her small pension barely allows her to make both ends meet."

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