facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Gorbachev rebukes Putin's attack on rights

March 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
MOSCOW, March 7 (UPI) -- Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has condemned laws passed in Russia and has called them "attacks on the rights of citizens."

The laws include fines for organizing unsanctioned protests, stiffer libel penalties and a wider definition of treason, the BBC said.

In the interview with the British broadcaster, Gorbachev, 82, said he was "astonished" by the controversial laws.

"The common thread running through all of them is an attack on the rights of citizens. For goodness sake, you shouldn't be afraid of your own people," he told the BBC.

Gorbachev said he supported Putin during his first term, but now, the two men rarely speak.

In January, Human Rights Watch accused Putin of starting the "worst political crackdown in Russia's post-Soviet history," the BBC said.

The group also said Putin had reversed President Dmitry Medvedev's advances toward political freedoms.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
2
Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances
3
Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay' Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay'
4
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
5
Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback