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Color revolution impossible in Russia: Duma speaker

(Xinhua)

08:31, January 31, 2012

MOSCOW, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Russia would not face a color revolution in the current social climate, State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Monday.

Speaking to the parliamentary media department, Naryshkin said he was convinced a color revolution, such as the "orange revolution" that swept aside the Ukraine government in 2004, had no prospects in Russia.

He said Russian society had become "freer and more responsible" since 1991, and the Russian people now understood that the political system should be changed in compliance with the law.

"The climate is quite different in Russian society, as compared with the Soviet time," Naryshkin said.

"People who seek political changes do not want these changes to threaten the existence of the state," the Duma speaker said, adding that most Russian citizens opposed any attempts to weaken the country.

Naryshkin's comments echoed similar remarks from former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, who said at the World Economic Forum in Davos the orange revolution would not happen in Russia.

Kudrin, who resigned last September amid a spat with President Dmitry Medvedev over government budget policy, said Russia should rely on existing institutions, but "these institutions should reform."

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