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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Coup Prosecutors to Appeal

The public prosecutors who argued the case against the alleged coup plotters of August 1991 plan to appeal against a recent court decision to drop charges, a spokesman for the Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that, under the terms of a parliament amnesty, it would end the trial of the Soviet officials who launched a coup against President Mikhail Gorbachev more than two years ago.

Alexander Zvyagentsev said that the prosecutors in the case planned "in the near future" to appeal to the presidium of the Supreme Court to reverse Tuesday's decision and finish the trial.

"The public prosecutors think that the court's decision contradicts the demands of the Criminal Code which says that any trial should be completed once it has been started," said Zvyagentsev.