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Interfax-Ukraine Moscow, August 19 (Interfax)
- The team of Boris Yeltsin failed to build democracy in Russia
and 20 years after the abortive coup the country has turned
into an oligarchy with elements of autocracy, Yabloko party
leader Sergei Mitrokhin believes.
"Unfortunately, those who assumed full power as a result
- Boris Yeltsin and his entourage - did not live up to the
hopes that the defenders of the White House had pinned to
them. Instead of building a civilized democracy in Russia,
they surrendered power to adventurers and national wealth
- to criminals," Mitrokhin's statement received by Interfax
on Friday says.
In his opinion, it was Yeltsin's team that laid the foundation
"of the present-day regime of oligarchs that inherited
many traits of Soviet autocracy, primarily scorn for the interests
and needs of people and the impossibility for the public to
influence the decisions of the authorities."
Yeltsin's team used democratic slogans as a cover-up, Mitrokhin
The August 1991 coup "was an attempt by the agonizing
Communist Party and part of law enforcement to save their
positions," the statement says. "However, they did
not have any resources or possibilities for that, the confidence
of the public, army or law enforcement bodies," Mitrokhin
"The operative nature of the coup and the personalities
of the plotters with shaking hands showed the whole country
that the regime had exhausted its reserves and was over and
took the rest of the country to the grave along with itself,"
the statement says.
"The 20th anniversary of the coup attempt gives one
more reason to think why 20 years after the ruin of the Communist
regime Russian democracy also failed without even being born,"