August 19, 2021
From Fuck Yeah Marxism-Leninism


August 19, 1991: Members of the State Committee on the State of Emergency announce their plan to halt the Gorbachev-Yeltsin counter-revolution in the Soviet Union.

Sadly, the Emergency Committee failed to call on the working class and oppressed to rally around the defense of socialism. Its efforts collapsed under imperialist pressure to protect Gorbachev and Yeltsin’s moves to destroy the USSR.

The eight members included:

  • Gennady Yanayev (1937–2010), Vice President
  • Valentin Pavlov (1937–2003), Premier
  • Boris Pugo (1937–1991), Interior Minister
  • Dmitry Yazov (b. 1924), Defense Minister and Marshal of the Soviet Union
  • Vladimir Kryuchkov (1924–2007), Chairman of the KGB
  • Oleg Baklanov (b. 1932), First Deputy Chairman of the Defense Council of the USSR
  • Vasily Starodubtsev (1931–2011), Chairman of the Peasants’ Union of the USSR
  • Alexander Tizyakov (b. 1926), President of the Association of State Enterprises

Pugo shot himself to avoid arrest, while the other seven members were arrested and tried.

(via fuckyeahmarxismleninism)

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    I’m not sure how I feel about this particular coup, but the world would have been so much better off if Yeltsin had been…

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    The balance of social forces was not with them. While the gangster capitalism which emerged from the ruins had no answer…