"We tried to create a society without the rich in the past. That experiment led to stagnation, poverty and disintegration of the country," he said.
Not only does he oppose the top down approach so endemic in Russian politics and government, he actually favors decentralism:
"A sophisticated society with many groups and centers of influence requires further decentralization on our part, transferring certain governance functions to social organizations and responsibilities at the highest level to the regional and municipal levels."
The Russians may be proving that decentralism is indeed our zeitgeist (spirit of the age).