July 6, 1993
What promises to be the longest-running show in Moscow reopens Wednesday: the trial of 12 men accused of state treason for engineering the hard-line Soviet coup attempt of August, 1991. The trial, which opened in mid-April, has recessed repeatedly, first because one of the aging defendants fell ill and later because the court accepted defendants' attempts to discredit the prosecution.
May 19, 1993 |
The trial of the alleged plotters in the 1991 Kremlin coup attempt hit a major snag Tuesday when judges agreed with defendants' assertions that Russia's top prosecutors are biased, and the court was adjourned until a fair trial could be assured. A three-judge military tribunal appealed to the Russian Parliament, which oversees the country's prosecutor general and his office, to examine "gross violations" of the law in the handling of the case.
April 17, 1993 |
Russia's Supreme Court indefinitely suspended the trial of the alleged ringleaders of the August, 1991, coup Friday because one of the 12 defendants is ill. The die-hard Communists who briefly seized power from Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev argued that the trial could not continue without Alexander I. Tizyakov, 67, who was rushed from the courtroom with heart trouble on Wednesday, the opening day of the trial. The presiding judge, Maj. Gen.
April 15, 1993 |
The trial of 12 of the most powerful men of the Gorbachev era, who face charges of high treason for their roles in the August, 1991, coup, commenced Wednesday with the accused audaciously challenging the court with one legal maneuver after another.
April 14, 1993 |
In a last-minute attempt to divert attention from themselves, key figures in the August, 1991, Soviet coup, who are scheduled to go on trail for treason today, are spreading the word that they will accuse then-Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev of encouraging their plot. After long months in prison awaiting trial, the 12 coup leaders remain steadfastly unrepentant. They say Gorbachev had the power to stop their coup but failed to do so.
March 4, 1993 |
Soon to go on trial for their lives, many of the 12 aging Soviet Communists who tried to wrest control of the Kremlin are making no secret of their determination to turn the case into the bruising inquisition of a former comrade: Mikhail S. Gorbachev. "Gorbachev was a traitor," charged former Vice President Gennady I. Yanayev, a baggy-eyed heavy drinker whose hands visibly quaked when he announced Aug. 19, 1991, that he was assuming the Soviet president's duties.