Gorbachev, shortly after his return from his ordeal in the Crimea, resigned as leader of the party, dissolved the Central Committee, ordered an end to party activity in the military, the security apparatus and the government, and told local party organizations that they would have to fend for themselves. In Moscow people began to wave the blue, white and red flag of prerevolutionary Russia.
The republics scrambled to declare their independence, the Ukrainian parliament voting for full independence by 321 to 1.
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University, and director of the project on East-West relations at the Council on Foreign Relations.
On August 24, 1991, three days after the collapse of an attempted coup by a group of high Soviet officials in Moscow, Marshal Sergei Akhromeyev killed himself in his Kremlin office.
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Copyright © 2016, 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Borrowing from French coup de grâce (“finishing blow”).
They had, indeed, grown up together from childhood. Caffal Halcrow had nothing military in his taste nor disposition, but the thought of separation from his friend was disgreeable; he enlisted in the company in which Madwell was second-lieutenant.
Each had taken two steps upward in rank, but between the highest noncommissioned and the lowest commissioned officer the gulf is deep and wide and the old relation was maintained with difficulty and a difference.
At the opening of the battle that morning the regiment was performing outpost duty a mile away from the main army.
It was attacked and nearly surrounded in the forest, but stubbornly held its ground.