Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union, has been admitted to hospital, according to a family spokesperson. Speaking to The Associated Press, Vladimir Polyakov said the 82-year-old was taken to a hospital in the Kremlin on Tuesday for routine tests.
Gorbachev, who has been in declining health in recent years, was forced to miss the funeral of the Margaret Thatcher earlier this year due to infirmity.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Gorbachev remained in domestic politics, as well as making regular appearances on Russian and global media. He also established a foundation for economic, political and social research.
One of the great statesmen of the twentieth century, Gorbachev is the last of the political triumvirate who, along with Thatcher and Reagan, presided over the dénouement of the Cold War.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev delivers a lecture entitled "My Life in Politics" at the International University he founded, in Moscow, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev falls asleep during a panel discussion, "New Challenges For Peace," at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Monday, April 23, 2012, in Chicago. Gorbachev participated on the panel with Willem de Klerk, Lech Walesa, and Jimmy Carter. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, right, is awakened by an unidentified woman during a panel discussion "New Challenges For Peace," at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Monday, April 23, 2012, in Chicago. Gorbachev participated on the panel with Willem de Klerk, Lech Walesa, and Jimmy Carter. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
In this photo taken late Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev speaks to journalists on Ekho Moskvy radio in Moscow, Russia. Gorbachev has authored a new book of memoirs that comes out Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
FILE - This Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1991 file photo shows Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev talking before the Congress of People's Deputies during a debate on his proposal to transform the Soviet Union into a confederation of sovereign states in Moscow. Former Belarusian leader Stanislav Shushkevich says a historic document that proclaimed the death of the Soviet Union is missing from archives. Officials with Belarus' government and the Russia-dominated alliance of ex-Soviet nations confirmed late Wednesday Feb. 6, 2013, they only have copies. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, second left, walks to attend the Victory Day Parade on the Red Square, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said at the annual military parade on Red Square that Russia will be a guarantor of world security. Putin's short speech Thursday came at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany 68 years ago. It is Russia's most important secular holiday, honouring the huge military and civilian losses of World War II and showing off the country's modern arsenal. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
FILE - In this Saturday, March 30, 2013 former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev speaks during his open lecture ''Does a man changes history, or history change a man? in Moscow, Russia. A spokesman for Mikhail Gorbachev says the 82-year-old former Soviet president is in the Kremlins hospital for tests. Gorbachev complained of health problems at a public lecture in March and a month later declined to attend the funeral for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher because of illness. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
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File photo dated 06/04/1989 of Mikhail Gorbachev speaking outside 10 Downing Street ahead of talks with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Mikhail Gorbachev is on a two day visit. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev will not attend Baroness Thatcher's funeral due to health problems, his spokesman said today.
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File photo dated 19/10/2005 of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev shaking hands with Baroness Margaret Thatcher during a meeting in Lord Powell's office in London. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev will not attend Baroness Thatcher's funeral due to health problems, his spokesman said today.
Mikhail Gorbachev is shown Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1999, in a hotel in Muenster, northern Germany. Hackers attacked the Web site of a foundation run by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, posting photographs of the suppressed rally on the Web site and published an open letter to the former leader, blaming him for the deaths of more 130 people _ a tragedy known in Azerbaijan as the Black January. The Web site was shut down later Saturday Jan. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Mr Mikhail Gorbachev, during a seven-day visit to London. Mr Gorbachev is tipped to be the next Soviet president.
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, pictured during a joint news conference held with French President Francois Mitterrand at the Elysee Palace in Paris, October 1985. The Soviet leader was paying a four-day visit to the French capital. (AP-Photo/stf/Michel Lipchitz/-Oct. 1985-)