LONDON — Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev complained in an interview shown Wednesday that he is finding it hard to make ends meet on a state pension after his abrupt removal from power.
Gorbachev also expressed concern in the interview broadcast by Britain's Independent Television News that his successor, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, might become too authoritarian.
Gorbachev's wife, Raisa, described her husband's sleepless nights during his time as the Soviet leader.
The Gorbachevs are living in a three-room apartment in Moscow and a simple country house, or dacha.
Of the trappings of power, only a black Zil limousine and 10 bodyguards paid for by the Russian government remain.
In the film by a French documentary team, Gorbachev was shown bemoaning his lack of funds while drinking wine and vodka around a table with a group of friends.
"Raisa and I, we receive all the bills. . . . We pay them. . . . Out go the checks, and last month we calculated we'd spent 3,900 rubles (about $56). That's all my pension," he said.