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This long-winded revolution needs to boil down the message. Otherwise, very few will support them.

5 posted on 02/21/2011 2:10:13 PM PST by Kevmo (Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all. ~Ronald Reagan)
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Another Russian political article that isn't worthy of its own thread:
Gorbachev: Behavior of Medvedev and Putin shows incredible conceit

“An incredible conceit” is how former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev described the behavior of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. According to ‘Gazeta.Ru’, during a press conference in Moscow Gorbachev harshly criticized their approach to the 2012 presidential elections. “I think it’s immodest when Putin tells someone that he’ll sit down with Dmitry Medvedev and decide who’ll run for president. That’s an incredible conceit,” Gorbachev said.

In his words, “It’s none of Putin’s business. It’s the business of those who do the electing.”

“Russia is only halfway to democracy, because there’s still so much that remains unresolved,” Gorbachev said. “I think we are no more than halfway. We have a parliament, there are courts, there is a president and a prime minister, but you know - these are but imitations, and their work is ineffective, especially the courts and the parliament,” Gorbachev was quote as saying by Interfax. According to his evaluation, there now is a monopoly on power in Russia, and “a monopoly rots and does not allow the development of the democratic process.”

The former Soviet leader also criticized the ruling United Russia party. In his words, it reminds him of “the very worst copy of the CPSU.” “It is unfortunate that today’s leaders are not very modern,” Gorbachev said. He did not rule out that eventually he and his colleagues at the Russian social democratic movement will start their own party. “When we created the movement, we had with us people who could provide financial support. I think we’ll grow the movement so that it becomes more powerful, and one on which you create a party,” Gorbachev said.

Speaking about the Yukos case, Gorbachev said that in his opinion Natalya Vasilyeva, the assistant head of the Hamovnichesky court, was telling the truth when she described how Judge Viktor Danilkin determined the sentence in the second case "by taking dictation over the phone.” “I believe it. I believe her completely. I think this should be investigated. We need to find out who was this person (who dictated the Khodorkovsky and Lebedev sentences),” Gorbachev said.

He added: “There’s a lot that’s embarrassing in the Khodorkovsky case. On the one hand, it seems that (Khodorkovsky and Lebedev) should be released. However, if they spilled blood while resolving economic issues, then someone has to answer for it. If not, one they have already served their sentences it will be too late. The most important thing here is that there is no fair legal assessment.”

In early February, Gorbachev said that Putin is unlikely not participate in the 2012 presidential elections, in order that he may return to the Kremlin in 2018. “Most likely he won’t not take part in the presidential elections. Two terms are enough. Well, he had two terms,” Gorbachev said in an interview with British television channel SkyNews. “What will they do in the future? Perhaps he and Medvedev will swap again,” joked Gorbachev.

21.02.2011 15:04

In his own words - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Novosti, June 24th, 2010:

“It’s always a great test for a politician. This is a difficult job, being president. Whoever from the very start suggests he’s willing to serve two or three terms, that’s usually somebody who either hasn’t figured out what he’s gotten himself into, or somebody who’s not quite ready for this line of work.”

6 posted on 02/21/2011 5:06:33 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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