April 21, 2010 Lecture

April 21, 2010 Lecture - June 12, 1991: Yeltsin won 57% of...

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June 12, 1991: Yeltsin won 57% of vote out of 8 candidates most Russians (especially reformists) supported Yeltsin identified more with Russia than the Soviet Union more & more people begin to identify with their own republic as a result of Gorbachev’s reforms instigators of military coup: identified with Soviet Union staged by “Old Guard”: people in leading positions close to Gorbachev most much older than Gorbachev Gennady Yanaev: Vice President of the Soviet Union Valentin Pavlov: Prime Minister of the Soviet Union Dmitry Yazov: Minister of Defense Vladimir Kryuchkov: head of the KGB Boris Pugo: Minister of the Interior want to reintroduce discipline Yeltsin, Gorbachev’s sworn enemy, defends him Aug. 24, 1991: resigns as head of Communist Party bans party activities in the government Ukrainian parliament declared its independence Dec. 1, 1991: referendum to uphold declaration of independence Baltic republics declare independence: recognized by Yeltsin
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