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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Remembering The Soviet Union’s Collapse

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is seen on a tape filmed by his son-in-law while the Soviet president was held captive in the Crimea during the recent failed coup attempt. (AP)

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is seen on a tape filmed by his son-in-law while the Soviet president was held captive in the Crimea during the recent failed coup attempt. (AP)

Twenty years ago this week, there was an attempted coup to try to stop the reforms of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

The coup failed, but led to the end of the Soviet Union and over 70 years of the Communist empire.

The events marked an astonishing and historic turnaround, as many people thought the USSR and the Cold War might go on indefinitely.

Guest:

  • Bridget Kendall, diplomatic correspondent for the BBC

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