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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lebed Sees No Reform

PARIS -- Former general Alexander Lebed, one of President Boris Yeltsin's foremost rivals, said in an interview in the French daily Le Figaro on Tuesday that there could be no genuine reforms in Russia while the "old Soviet nomenklatura is in power."

"I'm not making predictions, I am stating a fact: 80 percent of the Russian population has reached the poverty line. Yeltsin is being 'prolonged' like they 'prolonged' Brezhnev. Russia is sick, gangrenous. The rest of the world cannot and must not shut its eyes," Lebed said.

The former secretary of Russia's Security Council is in Paris for the publication of his book, "Memoirs of a Soldier."