YABLOKO to commemorate the August Coup of 1991
Press release, 18.08.2016
On August 19, YABLOKO will commemorate the victims of the August Coup of 1991. Party leaders will lay flowers to the place where Dmitry Komar, Ilya Krychevsky and Vladimir Usov died during an incident in the tunnel of the Garden Ring Road, Moscow, overnight into August 21, 1991.
YABLOKO Chair Emilia Slabunova, party Chairmen Nikolai Rybakov and Alexander Gnezdilov, parliamentary candidate Vladimir Ryzhkov will participate in the mourning action.
The memorial action will take place at the junction of the Garden Ring and Ulitsa Novy Arbat, 12.45 p.m.
The August Coup of 1991 was an attempt by a group of members of the Soviet Union’s government to take control of the country from Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. The coup leaders were hard-line members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) who were opposed to Gorbachev’s reform programme and the new union treaty that he had negotiated which decentralised much of the central government’s power to the republics. They were opposed, mainly in Moscow, by a short but effective campaign of civil resistance. Although the coup collapsed in only two days and Gorbachev returned to government, the event destabilised the Soviet Union and is widely considered to have contributed to both the demise of the CPSU and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.