Nobody does show trials like the Russians and according to some reports some of their politicians would like to bring them back. According to an AFP story, a group:

… of Russian MPs has formally requested that prosecutors investigate former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for treason over the breakup of the Soviet Union

Among their grievances is what they see as:

"… a fifth column in our country [that] has been formed and works in the open, funded by foreign money”…

For his part, Gorbachev dismissed the charges as:

“...poorly thought out and groundless from a historical point of view”.

Maybe so. But that never stopped them before.

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