Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, makes a speech to a forum on government communications in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Al Moutasim Al Maskery)
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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Sunday that the political crisis in Ukraine, which has seen its president driven from the capital after months of protests, stems from its government's failure to act democratically.The 82-year-old Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union, and the reforms he put in place helped lead to the fall of Communism.In December 2011, Gorbachev urged then-Prime Minister Putin to step down as tens of thousands of protesters demanded free elections and an end to Putin's rule in the largest show of public outrage since protests 20 years ago that brought down the Soviet Union.
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