An American expert on the history of the Soviet Union, Stephen Cohen died in the United States from lung cancer at 81.
The publication indicates that the death of the historian was reported by his wife Katrina van den Heuvel. She said Cohen died on Friday at his home in Manhattan from lung cancer.
Cohen was a Professor Emeritus at Princeton and New York universities. He had been to the USSR and knew Russian, and worked a lot with documents from the Soviet period. He was also acquainted with many of the dissidents, representatives of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The historian was an adviser to George H. W. Bush and supported the actions of the General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Mikhail Gorbachev and the ongoing perestroika in the country.
In 2008, Dmitry Medvedev, then President of Russia, awarded Cohen “for his great contribution to strengthening Russian-American cooperation.”