I have posted today a new piece on Northwood University’s blog, “In Defense of Capitalism & Human Progress,” on ‘When Soviet Power Crumbled: The Failed Hard-Line Coup Attempt of August 1991.’
This August marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet hard-line coup attempt in Moscow that was meant to restore total dictatorial power in the hands of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
I had the good fortune to be in Moscow at this time, working as a consultant on market reform and privatization, and witnessed the momentous events of August 19-21, 1991 that set the stage for the end of the Soviet Union in December 1991.
I recount the events and the dangers of that seventy-two hour period, and the courage of thousands of Muscovites, who faced down Soviet tanks and soldiers in the heart of the capital of the “evil empire” in the hope for freedom and the end to a terrible tyranny.
What has happened in Russia since those historic days has not matched those dreams of the Russian friends of freedom. Yet, it remains one of the great turning points in 20th century history.