Om Jeltsin: They later elected him as party leader in Moscow. I supported it. He was energetic, and it took a long time for me to recognize my mistake. […] He should have been shunted out of the way and made an ambassador in a banana republic, where he could have smoked water pipes in peace.Om att han inte hade nÃ¥gon plan fÃ¶r perestrojka: If I had had a plan for it, I would have quickly ended up in Magadan. [Dvs i fÃ¥nglÃ¤ger] Om varfÃ¶r glasnost (Ã¶ppenhet) var nyckeln: The party establishment didn't need perestroika. Each of them had it made. The district party leader was the king in his district, the regional leader was a czar and the general secretary was practically God's equal. Om att han skulle startat ett eget parti: I joined the Communist Party at 19, when I was still in school. My father had been on the front and my grandfather was an old communist — and I was supposed to blow the whole thing up? Today I know that I should have done it. But the man sitting in front of you is not a so-called statesman, but a completely normal person. Om att han Ã¥kte pÃ¥ semester dÃ¥ i augusti 1991: I thought they would be idiots to take such a risk precisely at that moment, because it would sweep them away, too. But unfortunately they were truly idiots, and they destroyed everything. And we proved ourselves to be semi-idiots, myself included.
I intervjun Ã¤r ambivalensen infÃ¶r Sovjetunionen som mÃ¥nga kÃ¤nner tydlig, precis som Gennadij Burbulis gav uttryck fÃ¶r tidigare i somras. MÃ¥nga beklagar dess sÃ¶nderfall, betydligt fÃ¤rre vill tillbaka till den tiden. Som nÃ¥gon sa: "Den som inte saknar Sovjetunionen har inget hjÃ¤rta, den som vill ha den tillbaka har ingen hjÃ¤rna."