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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yazov Backs Lukyazov At Coup Trial

The speaker of the former Soviet parliament, Anatoly Lukyanov, refused to take part in the August 1991 plot to overthrow President Mikhail Gorbachev, according to a fellow defendant in the case, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Former Soviet Defense Minister Dmitry Yazov, testifying at the trial of the alleged plotters, said that Lukyanov "had an unwelcoming response" when invited to join the committee to replace Gorbachev, the agency said.

Both Yazov and Lukyanov are accused of treason for their alleged part in the coup attempt, which collapsed after three days. But while Yazov was a member of the committee, Lukyanov -- an old colleague of Gorbachev's -- was only later accused of complicity.

Lukyanov was elected to the new State Duma last month, but the court ruled he would not enjoy immunity from prosecution.