close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Kremlin `banned my political party`: Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev claimed that Kremlin had banned him from setting up a political party.



Moscow: The last leader of the Soviet Union,
Mikhail Gorbachev on Wednesday launched a stinging attack on Russia`s
ruling elite, claiming the Kremlin had banned him from setting
up a political party.

In an interview with Novaya Gazeta newspaper ahead of his
80th birthday on March 2, Gorbachev said he wanted to set up a
social democratic party but the Kremlin`s chief ideologue
Vladislav Surkov warned it would not be registered.

"With my friends, I have an idea to set up a party. When
Surkov found out, he asked: `Why do you need this? In any
case, we are not going to register your party`," Gorbachev
said.

Surkov, Kremlin first deputy chief of staff, is credited
with creating the centralised power system that has marked
Russia under the rule of Vladimir Putin as well as coining the
phrase "sovereign democracy".

"I replied: we will create a movement," Gorbachev said.
"And we created it. But a movement is not a party and does not
take part in elections. We need to have a social democratic
party that does not depend on the authorities."

He accused the ruling class in Russia of showing
indifference to its people and also lashed out at billionaire
Roman Abramovich who has built up his fortune while staying
well away from politics.

"They (the ruling classes) are rich and debauched. Their
ideal is to be something close to Abramovich. I scorn this
idea. I am ashamed of this rich debauchery. I am ashamed for
us and the country."

Two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union,
Gorbachev remains a figure more admired in the West than in
Russia, where many still blame him for triggering the collapse
of a world power.

PTI

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

K8 Plus: Lenovo's new phone available @ Rs 10,999

Heavy security outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation begins

WATCH Exclusive: After Doklam standoff, India begins road construction near LAC

Hurricane Irma, rampaging through Caribbean, is most enduring super-storm on record

Three train derailments in 1 day, fourth accident narrowly-averted

China says Indian Army chief's views contrary to those expressed by Modi, Xi