Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Gorbachev Ashamed Of Russia And Warns of Egypt-Style Russian Revolt

Posted by Info on 17/02/2011

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is “ashamed” with the way Russia is run today and warned the Kremlin could face an Egypt-style uprising.

Nearly two decades after his reforms led to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mr. Gorbachev denounced Russia’s “ruling class” as “rich and dissolute,”
in an interview published Wednesday in Novaya Gazeta ha said: “I’m ashamed for us and for the country.”

“If things continue the way they are, I think the probability of the Egyptian scenario will grow,” he said referring to the popular rebellion that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak last week. “Here it could end even more staggeringly.”

At present, public support for the Kremlin appears strong. Opposition parties, many of which have been banned by authorities, are small and weak. Police regularly disperse antigovernment demonstrations.

Mr. Gorbachev is probably more popular in the West, where he is credited with bringing an end to Soviet totalitarianism and the Cold War.

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