MOSCOW, June 7 (UPI) -- Former dissident Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, emerging after three years of virtual seclusion, has predicted a dire future for his country.
The 86-year-old Nobel laureate, who spent 10 years in a Soviet gulag, told a Russian television station that Russia has never been truly democratic and that it could face a Ukraine-style revolution in the future, the Times of London reported Tuesday.
"We have nothing that resembles democracy. We are trying to build democracy without self-governance. Before anything, we must begin to build a system so that the people can manage their own destinies." he told Rossiya, the state-run channel.
"An Orange Revolution (in Ukraine last year) may take place if tensions between the public and the authorities flare up and money begins flowing to the opposition," he said.
Solzhenitsyn also criticized the United States for trying to impose democracy on other countries. "Democracy is not worth a brass farthing if it is being installed by bayonets. Democracy should grow slowly and gradually."