21 August

'We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.' _ Boris Yeltsin
August 2009

Today in 1991, the communist coup that had briefly deposed Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev ended with the arrest of seven conspirators. By December the red hammer and sickle flag was replaced with the tricolour flag of Russia and the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

'If people don't like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum.'
Mikhail Gorbachev






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