The Last Ditch Attempt To Save The USSR, August Coup Of 1991 • Discoverology

The Last Ditch Attempt To Save The USSR, August Coup Of 1991

One of the most important events in the decline and fall of the USSR was the August Coup of 1991 which saw its Vice President attempt to overthrow its president, Mikhail Gorbachev. It didn’t go too well and was hastily planned but the fact that it ended peacefully is frankly nothing short of miraculous.

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