Gorbachev had issued a nationwide crackdown on speeding motorists. Punishment meant instant arrest and a jail term. “I don’t care if it’s the head of the KGB,” Gorbachev announced.
A few days later, Gorbachev overslept at his country dacha and was about to miss an important meeting. After dressing, he told his driver that he would have to speed to make it on time.
Gorbachev to driver: “I issued this order, and they just might stop you, so why don’t you move over and I’ll drive?”
Watching Gorbachev sail down the road a few minutes later were two policemen, a veteran and a rookie.
Veteran: “You go up to the car and tell those people they’re under arrest.” The rookie did so, but returned empty handed.
Rookie: “We just can’t arrest those people.”
Veteran: “Well, why not?”
Rookie: “That man is just too important.”
Veteran: “Well, he couldn’t be that important. Who in the world is he?”
Rookie: “I don’t know who he is, but his driver is Gorbachev.”