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Gorbachev: Russia is ripe for political competition and a multiparty system

Mikhail Gorbachev

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MOSCOW, April 20. /TASS/. Former President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev in an essay written for the us magazine TIME noted that Russia is ready for political competition, real multi-party system and the peaceful transfer of power. The text of the essay published on the website of the International Fund socially-economic and politological researches (Gorbachev-Fund).

“I am convinced that the success of Russia is possible only by relying on the people, only on the democratic path. Russia is ripe for political competition, real multi-party system, fair elections, turnover of power, – wrote the former President. – This implies a special role and responsibility of the President at the current stage of Russia’s history” .

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According to him, having inherited from his predecessor a situation of crisis, Vladimir Putin has managed to stabilize the situation in the country is to preserve the Russian statehood, to begin the process of recovery from the economic crisis, strengthen the international position of Russia.

Gorbachev said that some of the measures of the authoritarian nature of the so-called manual control was justified at the first stage, but now “Russia’s domestic problems… cannot be solved without major changes in politics, in the system of governance”.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 20 April included in the annually compiled by the TIME magazine list of “100 most influential people” (100 Most Influential People) in the nomination “Leaders”. Essay on Gorbachev Putin was written at the request of the magazine.

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