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Russia at the barricades : eyewitness accounts of the August 1991 coup

Author: Victoria E Bonnell; Ann Cooper; Gregory Freidin
Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, ©1994.
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On August 19, 1991, eight high-ranking Soviet officials took over the government of the USSR and proclaimed themselves its new rulers. Less than seventy-two hours later, their coup had collapsed, but it would change the course of history in a way that no one - certainly not the plotters themselves - could have foreseen. The editor of this volume, who witnessed these momentous events, have assembled firsthand  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Russia at the barricades.
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, ©1994
(OCoLC)623830512
Online version:
Russia at the barricades.
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, ©1994
(OCoLC)632352126
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Victoria E Bonnell; Ann Cooper; Gregory Freidin
ISBN: 1563242710 9781563242717 1563242729 9781563242724
OCLC Number: 28506922
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 371 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Note on Transliteration and Interpolations --
Introduction / Victoria E. Bonnell and Gregory Freidin --
I. Saving the Old Country. 1. Proclamations and Decrees of the State Committee for the State of Emergency, August 19, 1991. Document 1 Decree of the Vice President of the USSR. Document 2 Appeal to the Soviet People. Document 3 Resolution No. 1 of the USSR State Committee for the State of Emergency. Document 4 Resolution of the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on the Convening of an Extraordinary Session of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. 2. The Press Conference of the State Committee for the State of Emergency, August 19, 1991. 3. Statements and Explanations by the Putschists After the Coup. Document 1 Interrogation of Defense Minister Dmitrii Yazov on August 22, 1991. Document 2 Interrogation of Soviet Prime Minister Valentin Pavlov, August 30, 1991. Document 3 Interrogation of the Head of the USSR KGB, Vladimir Kriuchkov --
II. The Public Reacts. 1. To the Barricades / Gregory Freidin. 2. Letter from Moscow. 3. August 19 and 20 in Moscow / Victoria E. Bonnell. 4. Moscow: The Morning of August 21 / Lauren G. Leighton. 5. Moscow's M.V. Khrunichev Machine-Building Factory Reacts to the August Coup / Vladimir Petrik. 6. The Congress of Compatriots: Witness to a Democratic Counter-Revolution / Serge P. Petroff. 7. A View from Saratov / Donald J. Raleigh. 8. Letter from St. Petersburg / Valerii Zavorotnyi --
III. In High Places. 1. What Happened in Foros / Mikhail S. Gorbachev. 2. Proclamations, Decrees, and Appeals in Response to the Coup, August 19, 1991 / Boris Yeltsin. Document 1 Appeal to the Citizens of Russia. Document 2 Decree No. 59 of the President of the RSFSR. Document 3 Decree No. 61 of the President of the RSFSR. Document 4 Appeal by Boris Yeltsin, President of the RSFSR, to the Soldiers and Officers of the USSR Armed Forces, the USSR Committee for State Security [KGB], and the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs [MVD]. 3. Speech to the Russian Parliament, August 21, 1991 / Boris Yeltsin. 4. Interview with Nikolai Vorontsov: Between Russia and the Soviet Union --
With Notes on the USSR Council of Ministers Meeting of August 19, 1991. 5. Vladimir Shcherbakov Recounts His Role in the Coup. 6. Interview with Yevgenii Shaposhnikov: The Coup and the Armed Forces. 7. Interview with Davlat Khudonazarov: From Dushanbe to Moscow. 8. Interview with Anatolii Sobchak: Breakthrough: The Coup in St. Petersburg. 9. Interview with Aleksandr N. Yakovlev: Our Children Were on the Barricades --
IV. Defending the White House. 1. Reflections from the Barricades / Theresa Sabonis-Chafee. 2. Interview with Aleksandr Prokhanov: Concerning the Defenders of the White House. 3. Death on the Streets / Michael Hetzer. 4. A Man in the Crowd. 5. E-Mail from Aleksei Kozhevnikov: On the Barricades. 6. Conversation with Victor Sheinis and Alla Nazimova: In and Around the White House --
V. Getting the News In and Out. 1. Three Days in August: On-the-Spot Impressions / Iain Elliot. 2. Interview with Sergei Medvedev: Getting News on "Vremia" 3. The Foreign Press and the Coup / Ann Cooper. 4. Interview with Tatiana Malkina: The August 19 Press Conference. 5. Interview with Valerii Kucher: A Russian Reporter Remembers the Coup --
Chronology of Events of August 19, 20, 21, 1991.
Responsibility: edited by Victoria E. Bonnell, Ann Cooper, and Gregory Freidin.
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On August 19, 1991, eight high-ranking Soviet officials took over the government of the USSR and proclaimed themselves its new rulers. Less than seventy-two hours later, their coup had collapsed, but it would change the course of history in a way that no one - certainly not the plotters themselves - could have foreseen. The editor of this volume, who witnessed these momentous events, have assembled firsthand accounts of the attempted coup. They include testimonies from "junta" members and military officers, resistance leaders and ordinary citizens, Muscovites and residents of other locales, Russian and foreign journalists, foreign visitors and returning emigres, as well as Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin. Key documents and photographs complement the individual accounts. The provocative introduction to the volume places the August events in the larger context - from the early days of perestroika and glasnost to the second confrontation at the White House, in October 1993.

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