I have a new article on “Witness to the End of Soviet Power: Twenty-five Years Ago.”
This year marks a quarter of a century since the disappearance of the Soviet Union from the political map of the world. In August 1991, the hardliners in the Soviet Communist Party attempted a political and military coup to prevent the reforms that were weakening the ideological basis and the economic controls of the Soviet regime.
I was in Moscow during the 72 hours of the coup-attempt, witnessing the heroism of those among the Russian population who chose to stand up to the Soviet state and the implosion of the corrupt and bankrupt communist system that had rained death and despair and destruction on the people of the U.S.S.R. during the near 75-years of communist rule. I tell the story of those three days.
The coup, fortunately, failed and it ended with a celebration of tens of thousands of Russians cheering the end of Soviet tyranny and the hope for freedom. Even if Russia’s path has been far from the one friends of freedom had wished for 25 years ago, the events of August 1991 in Moscow remain momentous in modern human history – the end to communist totalitarianism in Soviet Russia.