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08/17/2001

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GKChP Couldn't Finish What It Started

What the 1991 coup plotters did not have was a clear plan of action, a chain of command and the resolve to crush the spontaneous protests by tens of thousands of Muscovites.

The Press Also Was Beyond Control

On Aug. 19, 1991 Izvestia reporters and, more importantly, printers rebelled against the editor and refused to produce the paper unless it the other side of the story, too.

Putsch Handed Baltics Instant Freedom

Ivars Godmanis knew something was wrong during a morning swim in the Baltic Sea on Aug. 19, 1991, then saw his interior minister standing in the sand.

10 Years of What?

Boris Pankin served as Soviet ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the Aug. 19, 1991 coup attempt.

What Really Was the Spirit of August 1991?

In August ’91 the country was collectively and cynically had by a clique of thugs and thieves-to-be.

Moscow Cans Trip To Riga

Moscow will not be sending a delegation to Riga after a mayoral adviser was denied a Latvian entry visa.

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