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On February 11, 1986, reporters from around the world gathered in West Berlin on the Western side of the Glienicke Bridge as Natan Sharansky was released as Mikhail Gorbachev’s first freed political prisoner. Sharansky had been in Soviet prison since 1977. His release was symbolic of the floodgates that would open as our brothers who lived under Soviet rule were free to leave, and hundreds of thousands of Russian Jews came here to Kansas City, to America and to the State of Israel. Read more here.