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August 26, 1991 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Leningrad military commander refused to send his troops into the city, the air force balked at the odious orders from above and one appalled officer in the Pacific fleet even talked his skeleton crew into slipping their crippled submarine out to sea rather than serving the upstart junta. As reports filter out on the extent of military opposition to last week's attempted coup, reformers say they are ever more convinced that the Soviet armed forces will never be the same.
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August 26, 1991 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Leningrad military commander refused to send his troops into the city, the air force balked at the odious orders from above and one appalled officer in the Pacific fleet even talked his skeleton crew into slipping their crippled submarine out to sea rather than serving the upstart junta. As reports filter out on the extent of military opposition to last week's attempted coup, reformers say they are ever more convinced that the Soviet armed forces will never be the same.
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August 9, 1990 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boris N. Yeltsin, president of the Russian republic, was quoted Wednesday as saying he will resign in three years if by then he has not carried out his radical program to bring a market economy to Russia, the largest of the Soviet Union's 15 republics.
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May 15, 1992 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A blast Thursday at a large arsenal in a densely populated district of Russia's Pacific port city of Vladivostok triggered thousands of other explosions, which thundered for hours and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in fear for their lives, officials and local reporters said. "It sounds and looks like the city has become the front in a war," Igor A. Kots, a correspondent for the national Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, said by telephone from the scene.
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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.
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August 27, 1990 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They grumble in public as never before and challenge Communist authority in unsoldierly fashion, but to a man, Soviet officers say civilian fears of a military takeover are wildly exaggerated. "It's not even worth talking about such questions because they don't correspond to reality," said Col. Gen. Boris Gromov, the ruddy-faced commander who led Soviet troops out of Afghanistan in February, 1989, his words punctuated by the thunder of firing from a nearby artillery range.
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August 22, 1991 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Awakened before dawn Monday morning and ordered to get his men into tanks and head toward the Soviet capital, Lt. Nikolai Kotlerov had no idea he was being sent to enforce a reactionary coup d'etat. "When we got to Moscow, people walked up to us and asked, 'You're not going to shoot, are you?' " recalled Kotlerov, the platoon commander from the elite Tamanskaya Tank Division. "It was shocking to us," he said, "because of course we didn't plan to shoot our own people.
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July 13, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boris N. Yeltsin, the populist president of Russia, quit the Soviet Communist Party on Thursday, saying that he could not remain a member, obliged to uphold its policies, and also serve as the head of the Russian Federation, the largest of the Soviet Union's constituent republics. Yeltsin's resignation stunned the Communist Party Congress, which is due to end today, and dramatized the extent to which power has flowed from the once-omnipotent party to that country's newly strengthened government.
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July 18, 1993 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their fathers and older brothers, pampered sons of socialism, held entire nations of Europe and Asia in thrall and brought hostile nuclear weapons to within 90 miles of America's shores. Today, Russian officers like a major who asks to be called only Leonid worry less about fighting for the motherland than their own economic survival. Leonid, 43, who has two daughters and a granddaughter, moonlights as a Moscow taxi driver to earn an extra $5 a day.
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July 20, 1993 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Sergei L. Loiko and Andrei V. Ostroukh of The Times' Moscow Bureau contributed to this report
One daily drill of soldiers in the new Georgian army is to launch rockets across the Gumista River at a three-story building by the Black Sea. Their aim is lousy, but after months of occasional hits, the windows are gone and the concrete walls look like Swiss cheese. Still, the strategic value of the site is intact--a deep underground seismic laboratory used by Russia's army to detect nuclear explosions in Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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September 3, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS and JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS; This account, written by Times staff writer John M. Broder in Washington, was based on reporting by Times staff writers John-Thor Dahlburg, Carey Goldberg and Elizabeth Shogren in Moscow; staff writers Norman Kempster in Washington and Douglas Jehl in Kennebunkport, Me.; and Moscow Bureau reporter Viktor K. Grebenshikov and researcher Andrei Ostroukh.
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.
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