24 Dec '11, 6pm

Gorbachev urges Putin to quit

Gorbachev urges Putin to quit

MOSCOW: The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, on Saturday urged Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to heed protester demands and quit politics instead of seeking a third term as Russian president. "I would advise Vladimir Putin to leave now. He has had three terms: two as president and one as prime minister. Three terms -- that is enough," Gorbachev told Moscow Echo radio in an interview. Gorbachev's call came as the second mass protest in two weeks against fraud-tainted legislative polls ended in Moscow and on the eve of the 20th anniversary Sunday of his resignation as the Soviet Union's last president. The 80-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner pointed out that he himself decided to quit after it became clear that the Soviet system could no longer survive and urged Putin to follow his example by bowing to popular discontent. "He should do the same thing I did. That is wha...

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