Gorbachev: Russians Need Freedom

While Gorbachev, who remains unpopular among Russians despite his role in reforming the USSR, did not directly call out either Dmitriy Medvedev or Vladimir Putin, he had some harsh words for attempts to reform Russia’s oil economy and extensive loans.

“Modernization can be carried out but only if the people, the entire population, are included in the whole process,” Gorbachev told Reuters in a 90-minute conversation in the offices of his foundation in Moscow.

“We need democracy, we need improvement of the electoral system and so on. Without that, it will not succeed,” he said.

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