Gorbachev rejects a possible third term for PutinThe last president of the former Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, rejected the intentions of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to return tothe presidency and called for a real change in Russia.
In an article published Monday in Novaya Gazeta magazine, the father of perestroika Russia considered that the risk of losing sixyears if Putin becomes president in 2012, in reaction to theannouncement by former president from contesting the presidency.
The Putin last weekend announced his intention to run for presidentin March 2012, thanks to its popularity would win no problem, allowing a third term in front of the Kremlin.
Gorbachev said that Russia needs a real change that can only be achieved if the new government to carry out deep reforms to the current political system, 'if not made major changes in the set, no future'.
"I think without it we risk losing six years. I think the future president should think very seriously about it. If the future president did notmake any changes and thinks only in retaining power (...) is a mistake" he said.
The last leader of the defunct Union of Soviet Socialist Republics(USSR) stated that Putin should think very seriously about it, if you want to return to the presidency, though he stressed that thesituation is "not easy".
In August, Gorbachev denounced the "authoritarian tendencies" of Putin and his responsibility in the government of Russian PresidentDmitry Medvedev today, considered by critics as a 'puppet' of Russian Prime Minister.