August coup

August 21st, 2011

20 years ago this week, the failed August Coup took place in Moscow, when Soviet hardliners attempted to oust Mikhail Gorbachev, and were themselves overcome by Boris Yeltsin, setting the stage for the eventual dissolution of the Soviet Union. The events remain controversial, and within Russia the anniversary went by largely unnoticed and unmarked — an indication of the ambivalence with which the Putin/Medvedev government views those events. Below, some of the best links.

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