Former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, has today denounced Russia's controversial elections:
“With each passing day, more and more Russians have disbelieved that the announced elections results are honest,” he told Interfax news. “In my view, ignoring public opinion discredits the authorities and destabilises the situation.
“The leadership of the country should admit that numerous falsifications and ballot rigging have taken place, and the results that were announced do not reflect the voters’ will. Therefore, I believe they can make only one decision: to annul the elections results and conduct new ones.”
Although the rigging of the election is somewhat unsurprising, Gorbachev's statement is a shock. Protestors will undoubtedly find a renewed sense of legitimacy in their cause following widespread arrests yesterday.