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August 18, 2011

Gorbachev: Time to Get Rid of Putin

From the Financial Times:

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, has called for a change of Russia’s leadership and criticised the ruling monopoly of the United Russia party as a “worse version of the Soviet Communist party”.

In a press conference devoted to the 20th anniversary of the attempted coup by hardliners in August 1991, he both sought to defend his historical legacy, but also scold his successors in the Kremlin.

“Our senior management should be updated,” he told a packed hall of journalists on Wednesday. “There comes a time when you need to get out of this rut.”

. . .

“If the regime behaves just to increase its own power then this is already partially authoritarian,” Mr Gorbachev said . . . .

Video below of the only man in Russia with the stones to go after Putin.


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