Hotmail  |  Gmail  |  Yahoo  |  Justice Mail
powered by Google

Add JFNC Google Bar Button to your Browser Google Bar Group  
Welcome To Justice For North Caucasus Group

Log in to your account at Justice For North Caucasus eMail system.

Request your eMail address

eMaill a Friend About This Site.

Google Translation



Former Soviet Countries Mark Anniversary Of 1991 Putsch

posted by zaina19 on August, 2007 as Imperialism

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 8/21/2007 5:18 PM
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Former Soviet Countries Mark Anniversary Of 1991 Putsch

Russia - Tanks on New Arbate ( Kalininsky prospekt ) during putsch of 1991 - 19aug1991
Tanks on Kalininsky Prospekt in August 1991
(Courtesy Photo)
August 21, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Former Soviet states this week mark the 16th anniversary of the 1991 putsch that triggered the collapse of the Soviet Union, RFE/RL's Russian Service reported.

Between August 19 and 22, 1991, a group of communist hard-liners attempted to overthrow Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and roll back democratic reforms.

The plotters placed Gorbachev under house arrest at his holiday home in Crimea, and sent tanks into the streets of Moscow.

But thousands of Muscovites rallied to oppose the putsch. The protests were spearheaded by Boris Yeltsin, who climbed atop a tank to call for mass resistance.

After the coup foundered, Gorbachev returned to Moscow to find a starkly changed balance of power.

In December 1991, he resigned the presidency of the Soviet Union, which ceased to exist, and handed Russia's reins over to Yeltsin.

Putch's Lessons Ignored

Gennady Burbulis, then a political adviser to Yeltsin, tells RFE/RL's Russian Service that he has mixed feelings about the putsch's legacy. "On the one hand, I'm happy that nothing similar has happened in the past 16 years," Burbulis says.

"On the other hand, my conviction is constantly confirmed that the lessons of 1991 and the assessment of the putsch are not getting the human and historic attention they deserve," he adds. "People are less and less aware that the plotters have made the collapse of our motherland irreversible, to our common, collective misfortune."

Although the events of 1991 now generate little interest in the countries of the former Soviet Union, at the time they were deeply significant.

"The Republic of Moldova stood united against the putsch," says Nicolae Tau, who was foreign minister of the Moldavian SSR at the time of the putsch, tells RFE/RL's Romania-Moldova Service.

"In our country, the television and the radio were not controlled by leaders of the putsch," he adds. "In fact, the countries of the USSR were informed about the putsch by our radio and television."

The anniversary of the putsch this year has for the most part gone unnoticed in Russia and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union.

A recent opinion poll conducted by Russia's respected Levada Center showed that 48 percent of Russians consider the 1991 coup merely an episode in the struggle for power among the ruling elite.

Time has also blurred the demarcation between the putsch plotters and the Kremlin.

In 2004, Putin awarded one of the plotters, former Soviet Defense Minister Dmitry Yazov, Russia's Order of Merit medal for "high achievements in useful, societal activities."

comments (0)

1 - 1 of 1

Post comment

Your name*

Email address*


Verification code*


New Posts

Search Imperialism



 january 2015

 march 2014

 november 2013

 september 2013

 july 2013

 march 2013

 february 2013

 january 2013

 december 2012

 november 2012

 september 2012

 july 2012

 april 2012

 february 2012

 july 2011

 june 2011

 april 2011

 march 2011

 february 2011

 january 2011

 december 2010

 november 2010

 october 2010

 september 2010

 august 2010

 july 2010

 june 2010

 may 2010

 april 2010

 march 2010

 february 2010

 january 2010

 december 2009

 november 2009

 october 2009

 september 2009

 august 2009

 july 2009

 june 2009

 may 2009

 april 2009

 march 2009

 february 2009

 december 2008

 november 2008

 october 2008

 september 2008

 august 2008

 july 2008

 june 2008

 may 2008

 april 2008

 march 2008

 february 2008

 january 2008

 december 2007

 november 2007

 october 2007

 september 2007

 august 2007

 july 2007

 june 2007

 may 2007

 april 2007

 march 2007

 february 2007

 january 2007

 december 2006

 november 2006

 october 2006

 september 2006

 august 2006

 july 2006

 june 2006

 may 2006

 april 2006

 march 2006

 february 2006

 january 2006

 december 2005

 november 2005

 october 2005

 september 2005

 august 2005

 july 2005

 june 2005

 may 2005

 april 2005

 january 2005

 july 2000

Acknowledgement: All available information and documents in "Justice For North Caucasus Group" is provided for the "fair use". There should be no intention for ill-usage of any sort of any published item for commercial purposes and in any way or form. JFNC is a nonprofit group and has no intentions for the distribution of information for commercial or advantageous gain. At the same time consideration is ascertained that all different visions, beliefs, presentations and opinions will be presented to visitors and readers of all message boards of this site. Providing, furnishing, posting and publishing the information of all sources is considered a right to freedom of opinion, speech, expression, and information while at the same time does not necessarily reflect, represent, constitute, or comprise the stand or the opinion of this group. If you have any concerns contact us directly at:

Page Last Updated: {Site best Viewed in MS-IE 1024x768 or Greater}Copyright © 2005-2009 by Justice For North Caucasus ®