Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia Will Turn Into An African-style Tinpot Dictatorship If Putin Wins As President

Posted by Info on 25/07/2011

Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned:
If the ex-KGB spy stands and wins in March, he could stay in power for two six-year terms, meaning he would retire only at the age of 71 in 2024.
Gorbachev strongly urged Putin not to reclaim the presidency – which he held previously between 2000 and 2008 – from his protege Dmitry Medvedev.

‘If you try to do everything in the country without taking the people into account, while imitating democracy, that will lead to a situation like in Africa where leaders sit and rule for 20 or 30 years.’
He warned that Putin’s inner circle were bent on centralising power and even advocating dictatorship.
Gorbachev urged that Putin and his cronies from St Petersburg should now step aside – ‘it would be better’

It was time for rulers from ‘the worst, most amoral, most cynical’ generation, raised in Soviet times, to handover to more democratic successors.
‘More than anything else, I am worried about our electoral system, how they’re whittling it away.


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