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Gorbachev hurts leg in fall

MOSCOW --Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev injured his leg in a fall, forcing him to cancel a planned visit to Denmark, his aide said Monday.

Gorbachev, 76, slipped and fell at his cottage outside Moscow on Saturday, straining his leg, said his aide, Vadim Polyakov. He said Gorbachev had been taken to a hospital but was back home, adding it was "nothing serious."

The injury prompted Gorbachev to call off a visit to Denmark, where he was to have appeared with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Tuesday to talk to Danish business leaders.

Gorbachev, who led the Soviet Union from 1985 until its collapse in 1991, underwent surgery in Germany in November for a blocked artery in the neck.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has maintained an active public life in recent years, running the Gorbachev Foundation -- an organization devoted to international issues including globalization, security, weapons of mass destruction, environmental and natural resources and poverty. Following his surgery last year, however, he said he would cut back on foreign trips.

Gorbachev radically changed the Soviet Union with his liberal glasnost and perestroika reforms in the late 1980s, helping to unleash forces that brought the end of communism and led to his resignation in December 1991.

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