Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Passing it on

Kevin James, who teaches at Albany High School, pointed (in his blog AHS Comparative Government) to a report from al Jazeera about a old guy familiar to lots of us old people, Mikhail Gorbachev.

Thank you, Kevin.

Gorbachev criticises Putin's party

"Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union, has likened United Russia, the party of Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister, to the worst of the Soviet-era communists...

"Gorbachev said: 'It is a party of bureaucrats and the worst version of the CPSU (the Communist Party of the Soviet Union)'...

"[T]he former president, who was 78 on Monday, said that the global economic crisis, which has hit Russia hard, was proof that capitalism should be moderated by elements of socialism...

"The last leader of the Soviet Union, forced to step down on December 25 1991, following the collapse of communism, revealed that he had sought to fix the regime, not facilitate its downfall.

"'I was a resolute opponent of the breakup of the union,' Gorbachev said...

"'But anyway, we have gone far, and there's no return.'"

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