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Encyclopedia > Gennadi Yanayev

Gennadiy Yanayev (born 1937) was Vice-President of the Soviet Union and leader of the August Coup of 1991.


Not a prominent member of the party, but one with a reputation for hard work and loyalty, he was Mikhail Gorbachev's choice in 1990 to be vice-president of the Soviet Union, a move widely believed to be an appeasement of conservative elements of the Communist Party displeased with perestroika. His appointment upset reformers.


Yanayev with seven others lead the August 1991 coup d'etat against Gorbachev. Yanayev as vice-president and assumed the presidency when Gorbachev was falsely declared ill. It was he who went on national television to inform the Soviet people of the coup and he was seen visibly trembling and many thought he was drunk. On August 22, 1991 he was arrested and charged with treason, later to be pardoned in 1994, in the blanket amnesty given to conspirators.


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Gennady Yanayev - definition of Gennady Yanayev in Encyclopedia (187 words)
Gennady Ivanovich Yanayev (Янаев, Геннадий Иванович in Russian) (born 1937), Russian politician and statesman.
During the August Coup of 1991, Yanayev was a member of the State Emergency Committee, for which he would be prosecuted and sentenced.
Yanayev was freed by the amnesty of the State Duma in 1994.
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