The disease is “worse than AIDS. It’s called the winner’s complex,” the former Soviet leader said in an ABC News interview. “You want an American-style democracy here [in Russia]. That will not work.”
Mikhail Gorbachev is generally regarded as the man who broke down the “iron curtain” that separated the communist world from the West and thawed the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Now, 15 years after a coup removed him from power and the Soviet Union dissolved, he has some stern words for the United States, whose relationship with Russia has soured lately.
“We have made some mistakes,” he said, referring to recent attacks on Russia’s democracy. “So what? Please don’t put even more obstacles in our way. Do you really think you are smarter than we are?”
The former general secretary of the Soviet Union Communist Party accused Americans of arrogance and trying to impose their way of life on other nations.
“Americans have a severe disease ? worse than AIDS. It’s called the winner’s complex,” he said. “You want an American-style democracy here. That will not work.”