Final Days: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Soviet Union

By Andrei S. Grachev; Margo Milne | Go to book overview

On the Eve of the Seventy-Fourth Anniversary of the October Revolution

The meetings in Madrid and at Latche left Gorbachev charged with energy. Of course, it was important for him to feel that he was the president of a great country again, to find consolation in the honors of protocol, and to bask in the bright lights of the world's television networks; but it was even more important for him to be strengthened in the conviction that his political course met global standards. He had obtained the blessing of his Western friends for strong measures to save the union and, like the weak Czar Fyodor in Tolstoy's play, was preparing to strike the ground threateningly with his scepter before yielding his place in the Kremlin to "Czar Boris."29

Gorbachev spent the last few days before the crucial battle, which was to take place on Monday, November 4, in a sort of political warm-up. The strategy to be used in the battle for a union was clear; all that remained was for him to work out the tactics. He went over the arguments supporting his position with his advisers and dictated a draft of his opening address to the new session of the State Council--the blow of the scepter.

At the same time, Gorbachev hoped to create more favorable conditions for the new union. Like an expectant mother, he was impatiently counting the months and weeks that remained before the birth of his baby. His greatest concern was the economy. In talks with economists and the representatives of Western business interests, he no longer bothered with protocol.

Winter would be coming soon. In the final analysis, the future of his plan depended on how well the country weathered the season. Things were complicated by the fact that Yeltsin, who was urging the Russian economy along with both spurs, was leaving Gorbachev only a little space on the croup--just enough for him to be able to warn of approaching obstacles, and pray.

On November 2, Gorbachev received a delegation from the Deutsche Bank, the principal creditor and thus the potential savior of the dying Soviet economy. He could not let these German bankers leave without winning them over as allies, and he put all his energy into the task. "In Madrid and Paris, people are thinking,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword - ARCHIE BROWN ix
  • Preface xv
  • Mending the Breach 1
  • Reinforcements From The Second Front 13
  • On a Crumbling Verge 33
  • A President Without a Country 47
  • One Last Mission For the Union 59
  • On the Eve Of the Seventy-Fourth Anniversary Of the October Revolution 85
  • The Mirage Of a Confederal State 97
  • A Free Man With Nothing to Fear 113
  • A Cloud in Trousers 119
  • Fight to the Finish 127
  • Final Hours 145
  • Checking the Pulse 153
  • Last Rites 159
  • Burying a Time Capsule 169
  • Departure 175
  • Afterword: - A Mythical Kingdom Vanishes--Again 195
  • Appendix: Resignation Speech of Mikhail Gorbachev - Delivered at 7:00 P.M. on December 25, 1991 203
  • Notes 207
  • About the Book and Author 214
  • Index 215
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