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Mikhail Gorbachev's Interpreter Speaks at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - September 22, 1997

(New Orleans)—Pavel Palazchenko, the principal English interpreter for Mikhail Gorbachev during the period of 1985 - 1997, will present "History in the Making -- My Days with Gorbachev and Shevardnadze" on Thursday, October 9, 1997, at 7 p.m. at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in Room 308.

Palazchenko, who participated in all U.S. - Soviet summit talks leading to the end of the Cold War, also served as the principal interpreter for Eduard Shevardnadze, Gorbachev's foreign minister. During his lecture, Palazchenko will focus on what he saw and heard during important negotiating sessions with world leaders such as presidents Ronald Regan, George Bush, secretaries of state George Shultz and James Baker, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Today, Palazchenko is a principal advisor to the Gorbachev Foundation and continues to function as the English translator for Gorbachev during his extensive travels. Palazchenko is the author of four books: The Cold War Through Soviet Eyes; The Secrets of the Summits: Behind the Scenes at Reykjavik, Malta and Moscow; The Voice of Power: My Days with Mikhail Gorbachev; and In Their Hands: Personal Glimpses of the Cold War Leaders.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the School of Law at 504-861-5563.

Founded in 1914, the Loyola School of Law operates both a day program for full-time students and evening program for part-time students with a total enrollment of approximately 700. The law faculty numbers 32 full-time members. The law school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is accredited by the American Bar Association.