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Gennadi (or Gennady) Ivanovich Gerasimov (Russian, Геннадий Иванович Герасимов, born 1930 in Yelabuga) was the Soviet ambassador to Portugal and then-occupied Afghanistan, afterwards foreign spokesman for Mikhail Gorbachev and later press secretary to Eduard Shevardnadze. He is noted for coining the expression "Sinatra Doctrine" in reference to Gorbachev's non-intervention policy with respect to other members of the Warsaw Pact. Recently, Gerasimov has been accused of money laundering and coercion.

He is mentioned in the Billy Bragg song 'Moving the Goalposts'.


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