Gorbachev heads new political group

Former Soviet leader vows "to fight for the values of freedom and fairness."

    Gorbachev is loathed in Russia [EPA]
    Gorbachev was the last general secretary of the Communist Party and is widely detested at home where he is viewed as responsible for a period of political upheaval and economic collapse after the Soviet Union broke down in 1991.

    Unlike Russia, the West credits Gorbachev with a major role in ending the Cold War and he is a frequent speaker at international events.

    Political future

    In a speech, Gorbachev praised Putin for not changing the country's constitution to allow himself to run for a third consecutive term, when his period in office runs out next year.

    "The president was under pressure and the fact that he did not give in to it is important from the point of view of democracy."

    Putin, unlike Gorbachev, remains very popular in Russia as he is seen to be the instigator of the country's economic revival and with boosting Russia's role in world affairs.

    Russians are to elect a new president in March 2008. It is still unclear what role Putin could play in Russia's political future and who his preferred successor might be.

    Gorbachev's new movement is not a political party and will therefore not take part in parliamentary elections in December.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Assad to Putin: Thank you for 'saving our country'

    Assad to Putin: Thank you for 'saving our country'

    Russian and Syrian presidents meet to discuss strategy against 'terrorism' and political settlement options.

    What is behind the covert Israeli-Saudi relations?

    What is behind the covert Israeli-Saudi relations?

    Analysts say that the recent covert ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia are due to a new regional paradigm.

    Is Saudi Arabia becoming a danger to the region?

    Is Saudi Arabia becoming a danger to the region?

    We talk to US Congressman Ro Khanna about power politics and debate Mohammed bin Salman's new strategy for the Kingdom.