April 16, 1993 |
The dozen die-hard Communists on trial for treason in August, 1991, stepped up attacks on their accusers Thursday, demanding that the entire team of prosecutors be dismissed for bias, leaks and misconduct. As they left the courthouse after the second day of the trial, the coup leaders flashed the V-for-victory symbol and signed autographs for cheering fans in a show of hard-line hubris.
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.
January 6, 1994 |
Want to avoid jail? Just get yourself elected to Parliament. That's what two accused plotters of the 1991 coup attempt thought. They tried Wednesday to convince a Russian court that they need no longer stand trial for trying to overthrow then-Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev because they have won election to the new Parliament and, as lawmakers, now enjoy statutory immunity from prosecution.
August 16, 1992 |
One is penning verse behind bars. Another shot himself to death to avoid the shame of capture. A third is back at work on his farm but had to promise not to engage in politics. One year after they tried to usurp Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's powers and take control of a superpower, members of the short-lived State Emergency Committee and their accomplices have no idea when--or even if--they will stand trial. Valentin G.
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.
February 16, 1996 |
The huge red flags and portraits of Lenin were missing, but the event had some hallmarks of a Soviet-era party congress: Speeches were dull and sounded alike, the vote with pink party cards was unanimous, and aging comrades in ill-fitting suits doddered home after singing "The Internationale." But Russia is no longer a one-party state. The Communists, having fought back from near-oblivion to become this aspiring democracy's strongest political force, chose party leader Gennady A.