Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Putin rebuffs Gorbachev 'advice' to step down

[ via Irish Times ] 27 Dec

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has rebuffed calls from former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev to resign in the face of growing protests against his rule, his plans to return to the presidency and his party’s allegedly rigged election victory.

Gorbachev advises - Putin rebuffs
“As a politician and a presidential candidate, Putin still has the support of a majority. And we should treat the opinion of a majority with respect,” said the premier’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

Mr Peskov also rejected Mr Gorbachev’s call on Mr Putin to resign, saying: “The former leader of a vast nation, who presided over its collapse, is calling on a person to step down who managed to save Russia from the same fate.”


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