Ligachev was the head of the we-love-Brezhnevism club in the last days of the Soviet Union. Was he at all involved in the bring-back-Brezhnevism coup in 1991? If not, what did he do and say in that period?

Edit: their main target may have been Yeltsin, but they locked up Gorbachev in his dacha and appointed a new 'acting President'. That sounds like it's against Gorbachev to me but I suppose that's a matter of opinion.

  • fun fact: Ligachev was born pretty much in the same time as USSR, and he is still alive. – CsBalazsHungary Oct 7 '15 at 12:57

Nothing, in 1991 he was already 70 years old. He laid in the hospital.

From the interview in Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2011

Почему ГКЧП провалился?
Потому что они не были связаны с партийными организациями. Партийные организации на местах ждали сигнала. Я в это время в больнице был, но я знаю настроения людей.

BTW. This is not right, saying that GKCHP's coup was against Gorbachev. The primary target was Yeltsin. The fact is, they didn't arrest Gorbachev, because sought a way to cooperate with him. Of course, he was considered too weak to keep the seat for a long time. But as the future events showed, Gorbachev was going to lose in any case.

  • Very convenient for him. Perhaps too convenient.... – Felix Goldberg Oct 5 '15 at 20:19
  • So from the sound of it, he was in favour... I wonder if he made any statement at the time. I know he was old but he's actually still alive today! – Ne Mo Oct 5 '15 at 20:20
  • @FelixGoldberg He had no real power. I'm inclined to think that he wasn't really invited. – Matt Oct 5 '15 at 20:35
  • @NeMo If you lived in USSR in 1991 you would realize how funny your "making statements" sounds. How? To whom? I can only remember two statements: by GKCHP and by Gorbachev from Foros. – Matt Oct 5 '15 at 20:44
  • Presumably if he had wanted to show verbal support for the coup, the Gang of Eight-controlled media would have been only too eager to publish his remarks. If he was opposed, after the coup was defeated pro-Yeltsin media would certainly have no reason to hide that. – Ne Mo Oct 5 '15 at 20:52

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