Gennady Ivanovich Yanayev, Chairman of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions, Vice President of the Soviet Union and President of the USSR in August 1991, at which time he led the heroic attempt to save the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics from the treachery of Gorbachev, Yeltsin and their minions, had passed away on September 24th 2010, aged 73, because of lung cancer.
A great Comrade has died, but his legacy will live on. Let's all remember his acts of patriotism, self-sacrifice and heroism.
"Communism is more about love for mankind than about politics."
Right in the hospital, literally the day before his death Gennady Ivanovich had time to see his last work - the book "GKChP is against the Gorbachev. The last battle for the USSR".
May his memory live forever.
Does anybody know what Yanayev's ideologically background was? If the coup d'etat would have been successful, how would he have led the Soviet Union? Is there any Soviet leader he could be compared with?
From what I know, I would rather consider him a "left-wing reformer". I read that Romanov and Ligachev belonged to the guys supported by Andropov (who I think would have been great for the country), and that Yanayev for his part was a close ally of Ligachev. But I'm not sure if this is true, nor if this had something to say ...
Yanayev was a Gorbachev man. I don't think he was a Romanov or even a Ligachev. Gorbachev surrounded himself with moderate reformer 'conservatives' in the late 1980s in order to try to preserve the image of a balance of power (so as not to alienate the conservative party majority). However, most of the cadres he promoted were people who he felt were weaker than himself and/or easy to control. Hence after the coup in September 1988 against the old line conservatives (Gromyko, Solomentsev, Chebrikov, and Ligachev's shuffle to agriculture) the 'conservatives' brought in by Gorbachev were no match for the 'liberal reformers' (factual anti-communists). This includes all the main faces of the GKChP - Yanayev, Kryuchkov, and Yazov.
From what I know of the August Coup, Yanayev was reluctant to carry it out, and had to be persuaded by the others almost at the last minute. Still, he deserves respect for at least attempting to take up this responsibility. Perhaps the issue with the coup was not so much the disorganization and demoralization of the plotters, but the critical demoralization which the party and system had suffered due to years of reckless and destructive reforms, including those aimed at the destruction of Soviet societal consciousness.
"The thing about capitalism is that it sounds awful on paper and is horrendous in practice. Communism sounds wonderful on paper and when it was put into practice it was done pretty well for what they had to work with." -MiG
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