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Russian democracy failed without being born, says Yabloko leader


August 19, 2011

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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 said.

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 said.

"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," Mitrokhin believes.


See also:

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