Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev listens to a question during his news conference ahead of the 20th anniversary of Aug. 19, 1991, hardline coup that briefly ousted him and precipitated the collapse of the Soviet Union, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Gorbachev criticized the government for taking Russia backward and said that the nation needs free elections and a fresh leadership. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev listens to a question during his news conference ahead of the 20th anniversary of Aug. 19, 1991, hardline coup that briefly ousted him and precipitated the collapse of the Soviet Union, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Gorbachev criticized the government for taking Russia backward and said that the nation needs free elections and a fresh leadership. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev listens to a question during his news conference ahead of the 20th anniversary of Aug. 19, 1991, hardline coup that briefly ousted him and precipitated the collapse of the Soviet Union, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Gorbachev criticized the government for taking Russia backward and said that the nation needs free elections and a fresh leadership. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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