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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gorbachev Hits Out at Yeltsin

Mikhail Gorbachev marked the New Year with his bitterest attack yet on the man who replaced him at the Kremlin, President Boris Yeltsin, and said he should quit now.

"It would be a wise step to announce his resignation and new elections for a head of state," the former Soviet president said in an interview published Friday in the daily Rabochaya Tribuna.

He railed against Yeltsin and his government for bringing ruin to Russia with "undemocratic" shock economic reform.

"The government has suffered a crushing defeat because of its indifference to the fate of the common man," he said.

He blamed the reforms for bloody fighting in October between pro-Yeltsin troops and supporters of the old parliament, in which at least 147 people were killed, and the subsequent rise of antireformers in December elections to a new parliament.

"It is all connected with the deep and widespread dissatisfaction of the people over the course of economic reform," Gorbachev said.