Abramovich symbolizes ‘rich debauchery’ which has plagued Russia, says Gorbachev

February 17th, 2011 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 17(ANI): Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, saying that he is a symbol of Russia’s ‘rich debauchery’.

Gorbachev also accused the ruling class in Russia of showing indifference to its people.

“They (the ruling classes) are rich and debauched. Their ideal is to be something close to Abramovich. I scorn this idea. I am ashamed of this rich debauchery. I am ashamed for us and the country,” the Daily Mail quoted Gorbachev, as saying.

The 79-year-old also said that he was ‘ashamed’ of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev.

“I am ashamed of them. They aren’t acting humbly. As if we have no society, no constitution, no system of elections, and so on,” Gorbachev said.

“The two of them will decide. The duumvirate. And what about the 140 million of us out here?” he added. (ANI)

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