Gorbachev: Russia is imitation of democracy

MOSCOW  — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Monday described Russia as an imitation of democracy and accused its current rulers of conceit and contempt for voters, in his harshest criticism of the government yet.
Gorbachev criticized Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his protege, President Dmitry Medvedev, for saying that they will decide between them who should run for president in Russia's March 2012 presidential vote.
Gorbachev denounced the statements as a show of an "incredible conceit" and disrespect for voters.