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25 Years of Independence: The August Putsch

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August marked 25 years since the 1991 Soviet Putsch, three dramatic days that precipitated the end of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new, independent Russia. Andrei Kozyrev, Russia’s foreign Minister from 1991-96, stood with Boris Yeltsin in Moscow’s White House as tanks encircled the building. James F. Collins, then U.S. Chargé d'affaires and later Ambassador to Russia from 1997-2001, watched from the U.S. embassy compound just a few hundred meters away, while briefing nervous officials in Washington. Sergey Parkhomenko, a young, liberal journalist, covered the exciting events in Russia’s then nascent free press. Each will offer a unique, inside perspective on the tumultuous events that unfolded in Moscow and echoed across the Soviet Union and the world.


  • James F. Collins

    Diplomat in Residence and Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment; U.S. Ambassador to Russia (1997-2001)
  • Andrei Kozyrev

    Distinguished Fellow
    Former Foreign Minister of Russia, 1991-1996
  • Sergey Parkhomenko

    Senior Advisor
    Journalist, "Echo of Moscow" Radio; Former Editor-in-Chief, Itogi, Vokrug Sveta