Russia at the Barricades: Eyewitness Accounts of the August 1991 Coup

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Victoria E. Bonnell, Ann Cooper, Gregory Freidin
M.E. Sharpe, 1994 - History - 371 pages
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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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Contents

Boris Yeltsin Speech to the Russian Parliament
3
Saving the Old Country
31
The Press Conference of the State Committee for the State
42
Statements and Explanations by the Putschists After the Coup
55
The Public Reacts
69
List of Photographs
73
Letter from Moscow
78
Victoria E Bonnell August 19 and 20 in Moscow
85
Interview with Nikolai Vorontsov Between Russia
181
Vladimir Shcherbakov Recounts His Role in the Coup
195
Interview with Yevgenii Shaposhnikov The Coup
201
Interview with Davlat Khudonazarov From Dushanbe
209
Interview with Aleksandr N Yakovlev Our Children Were
226
Defending the White House
233
Interview with Aleksandr Prokhanov Concerning
249
A Man in the Crowd
256

Demonstrators marching from Manezh Square to the White
87
The crowd listening to speeches at the Tuesday rally
97
The Morning of August 21
100
Vladimir Petrik Moscows M V Khrunichev
111
Donald J Raleigh A View from Saratov
131
Valerii Zavorotnyi Letter from St Petersburg
147
No to Red Fascism
150
In High Places
159
Boris Yeltsin Proclamations Decrees and Appeals
170
EMail from Aleksei Kozhevnikov On the Barricades
263
Getting the News In and Out
287
Interview with Sergei Medvedev Getting the News
301
Ann Cooper The Foreign Press and the Coup
308
Interview with Tatiana Malkina The August 19
318
Chronology of Events of August 1920211991
337
Index of Personal Names
367
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Victoria E. Bonnell is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, author of "Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters under Lenin and Stalin" (California, 1997), and editor of "The Russian Worker: Life and Labor under the Tsarist Regime" (California, 1983), among other works. Lynn Hunt is Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, and is author of "The Family Romance of the French Revolution" (California, 1992), and editor of "The New Cultural History" (California, 1989), among other works.

Cooper was Executive Chef of The Putney Inn in Vermont for nine years and is now the Executive Chef of the The Ross School & a consultant for The Culinary Institute of America. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Travel & Leisure and other media.

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