Gorbachev: Treachery killed USSR – BBC News

Ex-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev says the dissolution of the USSR in 1991 was “a crime and a coup”. In a rare interview marking 25 years since the demise of the Soviet Union, he told the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg he resigned to avoid a bloody civil war. But today the West was “provoking Russia” and trying to undermine President Vladimir Putin, he said.

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23 Replies to “Gorbachev: Treachery killed USSR – BBC News”

  1. Glasnost destroyed the USSR. Gorbachev thought he could maintain a communist dictatorship and allow freedom of expression. How naive! The Chinese learned from this. This is why they had the Tiananmen Square crack down.

  2. Communism killed the USSR it is a corrupt philosophy, see what it is doing for China, where one of China's profitable exports was fresh human transplant organs from murdered dissidents. Shameful.

  3. Gorby is nothing but an old-fashioned Communist who was run out of power in a popular uprising. Communism never works in the long run, but he still believes it can, if properly managed. He’s the model for the modern American left. They still have wet dreams of picking up the Communist baton he dropped and running it across the finish line to ultimate victory. He sat there in front of the journalist and said that he couldn’t allow a civil war to take place because so many would’ve died to preserve the Soviet Union… BULLSHIT! He would’ve called out the troops in a hillbilly’s heartbeat if he thought for one second that they’d follow his order. The TRUTH is that Communism in Russia, circa 1990/91 was the proverbial turd in the punch bowl. He had NO chance of putting the genie of freedom back in its bottle, but he’ll go to his grave believing that he got cheated out of the opportunity to do so.

    Just enjoy your golden years, Mr, Gorbachev, and stop whining about what could’ve been. Anything short of what you did by leaving office would’ve earned you a bullet from a firing squad, so STFU and quit wasting our time.

  4. Best leader Russia ever had, pity Gorbachev never stayed on and reformed the Soviet union.
    Yeltsin destroyed the Soviet union too quickly and caused the upeaval in the 1990s that has resulted in how Russia became today.
    Gorbachev was a good man and a good World leader he wanted peace and Russia to be friends and co operate with the West.

  5. No Lenin and Stalin destroyed Russia with communistic ideologies. That's why Hitler attacked.A Soviet communist is the enemy and a threat to people who want peace. Communism is a cesspool.

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