September 3, 1991 |
Rarely in the long catalogue of human folly has a band of seemingly rational men been so willfully perverse. The plot to unseat Mikhail S. Gorbachev, led by the custodians of the most powerful institutions in the Soviet Union, was so wooden-headed, so inimical to the goals that they hoped to achieve as to defy imagination. These eight gray men set out to turn the clock back to a sterner, safer time.
September 3, 1991
Oleg D. Baklanov, former Defense Council vice chairman; member of State Emergency Committee Valery I. Boldin, Gorbachev's former chief of staff Major Gen. Vyacheslav V. Generalov, KGB commander at Gorbachev vacation retreat in Phoros Vladimir A. Kryuchkov, former KGB head; member of State Emergency Committee Anatoly I. Lukyanov, chairman of the Supreme Soviet, accused of treason Vladimir Medvedev, Gorbachev's former adjutant Valentin S.
August 25, 1991 |
Ivan Silayev, Russian Federation prime minister, was named head of a committee that will decide how the Soviet economy should be run and name a new Cabinet of Ministers. Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev has asked the national Parliament to debate a no-confidence motion in the government of former Soviet Prime Minister Valentin S. Pavlov, arrested for being a coup plotter. A SILAYEV PROFILE: Born in 1930; joined the Communist Party in 1959 after studying aeronautics.
August 23, 1991
Five of the eight leaders of the failed Kremlin coup have been arrested and another committed suicide, officials said. ARRESTED Vice President Gennady I. Yanayev Defense Minister Dmitri T. Yazov KGB chief Vladimir A. Kryuchkov Alexander I. Tizyakov, president of the Assn. of State Enterprises Soviet Defense Council Deputy Oleg D. Baklanov, after parliamentary immunity lifted SOUGHT FOR ARREST Head of Soviet Peasants Union Vasily A.
August 21, 1991
Two days after hard-liners ousted Mikhail S. Gorbachev, his whereabouts remains shrouded in mystery. Even President Bush has not been able to reach him by telephone despite repeated attempts. But reports of possible sightings of Gorbachev circulated furiously in Moscow. Three members of the eight-man committee of coup leaders reportedly had resigned or were "ill"--Defense Minister Dmitri T. Yazov, Prime Minister Valentin S. Pavlov and KGB chief Vladimir A. Kryuchkov.
August 20, 1991 |
Eight men, some previously little known to all but the most assiduous of Kremlinologists, or specialists on Soviet politics, have now placed themselves at the helm of the world's other superpower, claiming to exercise all power. Although the precise involvement of the increasingly conservative Soviet Communist Party with the Emergency Committee created by the eight is still shadowy, many of the committee's members occupy positions in the top party hierarchy.