Date: March 17 1985
According to Otto Shamin from the Russian city of Taganrog who went public with this in 2001, there is a remarkable case which he has kept in his memory for many years, which include part of the story of Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
As it is widely known, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was elected to the post of the Secretary General of the CPSU (Communist party of the Soviet Union) on March 15 1985 and in 1990 becoming the first and last president of the former USSR. On the next day he addressed the nation on the television. And on the very next day March 17, approximately at 1400, quite suddenly and apparently without telling many around him, he left the main CC CPSU building (The Headquarters of the central Committee) located on Old Square Moscow. He quickly rushed into a black “Volga” car and with an unusual small cortege of only three identical black “Volgas” GAZ-3102 cars, including one in which Gorbachev rode in accompanied by a few of his most trusted KGB/military/government men. Even the chief of Gorbachev’s garage, Mr. M. Volodin was unaware of the selected route.