Gorbachev says he would step down in Putin's place

December 25, 2011 00:44


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Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said in a radio interview Saturday that if he were Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, he would leave politics.

"I know Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin), and I helped him a lot during the first period of his work. Here and abroad. So I spoke a lot on these issues and supported him. He deserved it then. But afterward, things started to happen that we couldn't counter."

Gorbachev said the Putin era, which began in 1999 has run its course.

"There were three terms: two terms as president, one as prime minister. Three terms. It's enough. It's enough because circles and clans are created around him. There's so much to root out."

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