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  • Foros, Crimea
    Monday Aug 19, 1991

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Holiday in Foros

    Foros, Crimea
    Monday Aug 19, 1991

    On August 19, 1991, Gorbachev's vice president, Gennady Yanayev, Prime Minister Valentin Pavlov, Defense Minister Dmitry Yazov, KGB chief Vladimir Kryuchkov and other senior officials acted to prevent the union treaty from being signed by forming the "General Committee on the State Emergency", which put Gorbachev – on holiday in Foros, Crimea – under house arrest and cut off his communications.




  • Ukraine
    Sunday Dec 1, 1991

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Final round of the Soviet Union's collapse

    Ukraine
    Sunday Dec 1, 1991

    The final round of the Soviet Union's collapse began with a Ukrainian popular referendum on December 1, 1991, in which 90 percent of voters opted for independence.




  • Kiev, Ukraine
    Sunday Dec 15, 1991

    Vasily Zaitsev

    Zaytsev Death

    Kiev, Ukraine
    Sunday Dec 15, 1991

    Zaytsev settled in Kiev, where he studied at a textile university before obtaining employment as an engineer. He rose to become the director of a textile factory in Kiev and remained in that city until he died on 15 December 1991 at the age of 76, eleven days before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.




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