48 August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse


The military takeover that took place on 19 of August 20 years ago was followed by a number of events that led to the fall of the Soviet Union. Let's remember the events and that time.


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The 1991 August Putsch was an attempt by members of the Soviet Union's government to take control of the country from Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. The people were hard-line members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. They were opposed to Gorbachev's reform program and the new union treaty that he had negotiated which decentralised much of the central government's power to the republics.

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48 Responses to “August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse”

  1. Don says:

    If not these putschists,we could live in Soviet Federation! Now it will take many year to restore our country.

    • D says:

      And to think, if they just held out for twenty years more, they could have seen the collapse of the US.

      • Verto says:

        OBVIOUSLY.TODAY U of ASS IS ONLY POWER TO DICTATE HIS TYPE OF “PEACE”.
        BUT I BET ON CHINA.HE IS MY NEW “CHALLEGER” .

        • testicules says:

          China is a paper tiger. How much longer can it suppress it’s own people? It uses the US the way Hitler used the Jews. To generate a sense of nationalism and control behavior. China will have another revolution. It will be the people rising up against central authority to demand freedom, the right to have more than one kid, the right to vote, and the right to be a capitalist consumer. The Chinese people want more than their government is willing to give them. Bet on a similar revolution taking place in China that did in Russia in 1991. Let’s just hope it is bloodless.

          • ayaa says:

            Pretty much like the US is now portraying Muslims as the ultimate enemy.

          • JOHN KARANESTIS says:

            YOU SMART HISTORIAN HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN CHINA? MOST OF THE PEPOLE FEEL THAT THEY ARE PART OF A GRATE NATION. DO YOU REALY BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVING BAD TIME THERE?….BETTER GO TO SEE AND AFTER THAT SPEAK AGAIN. WESTERN COUNTRIES SHOWS YOU WHAT THEY WANT AND NOT THE TROUTH. WAKE UP.

      • Kalimba says:

        China is a “paper tiger” that happens to own the nearly bankrupt US Government. And the Chinese people know that (and are proud of it). Sad thing.

    • JOHN KARANESTIS says:

      ACTUALY MY FRIEND YOUR COUNTRY SOONER OR LATER WILL HAVE THE SIZE PENNSYLVANIA..DEVIDED AMONG UK, USA, CHINA AND JAPAN….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.RUSSIA WHAT RUSSIA…….!!!!!!!!!

    • pizdets says:

      Should Germany had won the war, eastern europe would be an amazing place to live in 2011.

  2. Montesquieu says:

    Yeltsin was the victor at the end of that day, but his memory is undoubtedly tarnished for selling out himself to the Oligarchs and undertaking the economically destructive ‘shock therapy’.

  3. Alkofunker says:

    The year was 1991, not 92.

  4. Le Putsch says:

    Remember guys, that 2 years later the same Boris Yeltsin sent the tanks against the Russian Parliament and bombed it in order to constrain the deputies to approve his constitutionnal reform. Through this “auto-putsch”, he obtained the right to govern with decrees, allowing him to start the massive movement of privatizations that still scars Russia.

    • Papa Karlo says:

      Yeltsin was elected by the 1st in the history of Russia general elections.
      The “Supreme Council” how it was called (not Parliament how you call it) was NOT ELECTED, it was formed according to old Soviet rules, i.e. self-appointed. Yeltsin wanted to replace it with a Parliament which would be elected by the people on general elections (same as it is now), but the self-appointed usurpers in the “Supreme Council” obviously did not want to go peacefully. So Yeltsin had to use force. And the prove the people did not want that “Council” to rule them anymore, was that nobody protected them, which allowed Yeltsin to disband them.

  5. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Quite a time. Russia found its’ soul again. I still look for good things in and from Russia.

  6. OLUT says:

    Pretty incredible time. It sucked that when SU fell, the economy went with it, and I’m glad things have gotten better for Russians since then.

    LOL, at first I read “August Putsch” and thought that was a German man! I’m a bit spaced out today. :)

  7. marxistworker says:

    Socialism will never die because it is the benevolent child of rationalism.

    • Nergol says:

      So benevolent it killed 100 million people before the people finally stood up and gained their freedom. I have no respect for genocide deniers.

      • aa@aaa.com says:

        Nice to hear that from a credible source my american friend! Living in a union of 300m people, I somehow didn’t know ANYONE that got killed by the “regime”. And to think, according to you it was 1/3 of the population. Oh Fox News told you that? I beg your pardon, I thought you had a brain of yourself.

      • (r)evolutionist says:

        Does this mean you don’t respect the USA which committed genocide on Native Peoples? Does this mean you don’t respect the UN which allowed genocide in Congo, Sudan, Bosnia? Not many people left to respect, is there?

      • JOHN KARANESTIS says:

        WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DO NOT RESPECT FRENCIES AND ENGLISH, AMERICANS, ITALIANS AND GERMANS WHY THE DID THEIR JOB LIKE STALIN DID….HAVE YOU EVER HEARED THE GENOCIDES OF ENGLIS AND FRENCIES NEVER..?READ SOME HISTORY MAN.

  8. Yves St. Cyr says:

    I just can’t comprehend the thought of Russian “hippies” but I think I saw some in photographs.

  9. Yves St. Cyr says:

    It must have been a very heartbreaking and difficult job to have been a Russian soldier during this time.

  10. bigaussieboris says:

    AH yes it was wonderful in cccp ,but the best was under stalin.Those golden years who can forget ,internal passports to live in moscow,labour camps,and the ever helpfull friendly KGB and MVD.LOL

    • ayaa says:

      Once again, what would you know about Russia, in this case the Soviet Union?!! Nothing, what you think you know probably came from Wikipedia. I grew up in the last years of the USSR (the mid and late 80’s) and no we didnt need “internal passports” in our own country, the people sent to the camps were traitors (spies and their likes) and political prisoners. And this might interest you, until the August coup, when a state of emergency was declared, we never even saw the “feared and awful” KGB.

      • Smurph says:

        Wow, that mus have been quite a different soviet union you saw. Before the collapse, there was nothing left of the generally weak Soviet economy. People sent to camps were all the intelligent and self-thinking people who were “traitors” of the occupation. And KGB was seen everywhere, lot’s of scientists, politicians and open-minded people were regular visitors of their basemetns. Some came back, many got “lost”.

  11. Kalimba says:

    Ironic. The USSR first collapsed economically due to military over spending (causing chronic stagnant living standards). Now the US could be paralyzed in debt for years -or possibly worse- because it continued to outspend the same as in the Cold War. Not even their Chinese creditors would’ve believed that in 1990.

  12. Tangowolf says:

    These were truly incredible times for the whole world to witness. I’m just thankful that the world didn’t end in fire like so many predicted. What distresses me, however, is that the Cold War mentality still exists in America. I don’t like that Russia and America have strained relations. America needs to respect Russia and her decisions – the two must learn to become better friends.

    • testicules says:

      America doesn’t consider Russia an enemy. However, read any Pravda article and have the posts in ER and you can see Russian still consider America an enemy. Putin likes it that way I guess

      • Shocked Monkey says:

        @testi: Ha! Perhaps Tangowolf read your daily rantings against everything russian, in every post. You sound like from another decade. Or simply you have a big inferiority complex and you need to do some loud self flattering every day. Well that’s only your problem. You keep fighting your lonely Cold War.

      • Boris says:

        I read you and only see uncalled insults. Seems you can’t control it.

    • Asmodeus says:

      And that’s why Americans get beheaded or blown up by their own “friends”.

  13. testicules says:

    Last

  14. Asmodeus says:

    Careful. It still smells like fried chicken in Ground Zero.

  15. Asmodeus says:

    Crime deaths in the US surpass dead count of whatever reason in Russia since 1991. Check it. Lock your doors more often. I like chicken.

  16. Asmodeus says:

    Unfortunately, the Chinese lenders are the winners. Check your taxes.

  17. Wang Chung says:

    Drug junkies? How many die in the US each month?? How are the foreclose thing going? Crime deaths have always been higher in the US than the EU or Russia… It’s good you keep your humor. You need it. Please, respond with another funny post again.

  18. A.Oscar says:

    The old days gone for news to joined; but just like someone die and other life take over, Never be the same, but will be better or worse? I have saying many times nothing it is perfect, only we missed some times with regretted, or happiness with new way of life. A.Oscar

  19. Dominique says:

    The end of soviet union was a catastrophy. Gorbachev had good intentions but this couldn’t stop the events from happening. Put the wall back! Life was much better before in the USSR.

  20. Kecap Manis says:

    I wonder if it would have been better for USSR to proceed with perestroika in orderly manner.

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