December 7th, 2011
09:27 AM ET

Gorbachev calls for new Russian elections

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, called Wednesday for new parliamentary elections in Russia over concerns about vote fraud.

"Mikhail Gorbachev is very concerned about how the situation in Russia is developing," spokesman Pavel Palezhchenko told CNN. "People don't believe that the will of the people is reflected in the results."

He confirmed a report by the Russian news agency Interfax, which quoted the former premier as saying the elections were unfair and new elections were needed.

Demonstrators have been protesting against what they describe as electoral fraud in Sunday's national vote, which kept Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party in power but significantly decreased the number of seats it holds in Parliament.


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  1. Mark L.

    LET FREEDOM RING !!!! GOD Bless You Always, Mikhail Gorbachev !!!!

    December 7, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. elmo

    He is pooootin.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Gorbachev is not well liked in Russia. If he says anything, most of the people will probably believe the opposite.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mikhail Gorbachev

    I come to bring you gift for warming of house, but instead I find you wrestling with local oaf?

    December 7, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    Geez go figure voter fraud in russia,where if you even mention christianity you come up missing

    December 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    Wow, gorby's still alive.. Who knew..?

    December 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ronnie Raygun

    Mr. Gorbachev? I told you to tear down that wall of communism. Putin's opposition is the communist party. Are you trying to build it back up or what?

    December 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |