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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gorbachev accuses Putin of conceit

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Monday described Russia as an imitation of democracy and accused its current rulers of conceit and contempt for voters, in his harshest criticism of the government yet.

Gorbachev criticized Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his protégé, President Dmitry Medvedev, for saying that they will decide between them who should run for president in Russia's March 2012 presidential vote.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev looks on during a news conference in Moscow, Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. Gorbachev, who will turn 80 next week, said that Russia has only "imitations" of a parliament and judicial system.Gorbachev criticized Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his protege President Dmitry Medvedev for saying that they will decide between them who should run for president in Russia's March 2012 presidential vote. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

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