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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.

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18 July 2013

Mikhail Gorbachev reacts to the sentencing of Alexey Navalny

All I know about this case, including the way it was opened, closed and then reopened, and the way it was considered in court, unfortunately, is proof that we do not have independent courts. Without going into details I’ll just say that the whole story leaves a sad impression. I am convinced that using the courts against political opponents is unacceptable. Since Alexey Navalny’s lawyers are appealing I believe that this may not yet be the end of this case.

Mikhail Gorbachev

18 July 2013