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Aug 19, 2011

It was 20 years ago today — remembering the Soviet coup

The fall of the Berlin Wall is probably the thing people remember most, but the Soviet empire, truncated and divided, limped on for another two years. It was the August coup, 20 years ago today, that really finished it off.

Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

The fall of the Berlin Wall is probably the thing people remember most, but the Soviet empire, truncated and divided, limped on for another two years. It was the August coup, 20 years ago today, that really finished it off.

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  1. Peter Evans

    It was a fascinating time. I was in eastern Czechoslovakia (near the Ukrainian) border at the time, and I recall meeting some people at a pizza restaurant – I was unaware what was going on. This guy said, “Today, Gorbachev kaput!”. I’ll never forget that. And people were genuinely fearful of the Bear across the way. All night troop trains rattled to the boarder as the Czech army got itself organised in case some rogue Red Army general went a little nuts. A couple of days later I was caught up in a massive march to the Russian consulate in Bratislava, and man were people pissed off. There was widespread relief (not jubilation) when the coup collapsed.

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