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The USSR's Last Gasp

The USSR's Last Gasp
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On August 19, 1991, hard-line members of the Communist Party and KGB attempted to seize control of the country from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The coup's rapid failure paved the way for the collapse of the Soviet Union by the end of the year. In this video, RFE/RL journalists remember their impressions from those three dramatic days.