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March 31, 2021

Photos of Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev Flirting and Playing in Moscow’s Gorky Park, 1987

It’s 1987, and business as usual in the Cold War. Relations between Britain and the USSR are strained, so imagine the shock when images surfaced of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev flirting, fondling and kissing in Moscow’s Gorky Park, during Thatcher’s tour of the Soviet Union.

The Daily Mirror broke the ‘story’, thanks to some clever use of lookalikes and compelling ‘quotes’. The photos were posed by lookalikes but they succeeded in fooling thousands of readers. Many of them expressed shock that Thatcher, a married woman, would act like that in public.

After Thatcher left Moscow on April 2, she told reporters on her plane that she and Gorbachev “got on very well, considering that we are very different and hold very different views.”


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