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Former Soviet Leader Criticizes President Putin

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, talks with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the start of a news conference in northern Germany, Dec. 21, 2004, following the German-Russian summit. (Heribert Proepper/AP)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, right, talks with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the start of a news conference in northern Germany, Dec. 21, 2004, following the German-Russian summit. (Heribert Proepper/AP)

The Russian President Vladimir Putin should not be afraid of his own people – at least that’s what former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is saying.

Gorbachev also denounced recent laws passed in Russia as an “attack on the rights of citizens.”

Gorbachev talked about Russia under President Vladimir Putin with the BBC’s Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg.


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