Duma speaker blasts Gorbachev call for constitution change
In a newspaper article at the end of January, the first and only president of the USSR suggested holding a referendum on whether the country needs a political and constitutional reform to eliminate so-called “monarchy” and guarantee “genuine democracy”. Gorbachev suggested that the “growth of protest moods” in the country was the result of an ongoing “political and constitutional crisis”.
Naryshkin recalled that while Gorbachev was president of the USSR there was a referendum in favor of preserving the Soviet Union. However, after this, the Soviet Union collapsed.
The Duma speaker added that only “out of respect for the venerable age” of the “famous politician” would he refrain from “much tougher comments”.