I was barely in my teens when Robert Mugabe arrived in Moscow, then capital of the Soviet Union, and the Moscow University made him a doctor honoris causa. It must have been 1984… no, 1985. At about the same time, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Massachusetts Amherst bestowed the same honors upon the Zimbabwean PM.
Ten years later, I graduated from that fine school on Sparrow Hills. Thirty years after his, hmmm, endoctorization, Mugabe is coming to Moscow to keep the company of Putin, Maduro, and Raúl Castro at the 2015 victory parade. By now, Edinburgh and Amherst have rescinded Mugabe’s degrees but the MGU Chronicles continues to list him as an “honorary doctor since 1985.”