Kurginyan tells about his meeting with Gorbachev

26.12.2020, Moscow.

In March 1991, expert Sergey Kurginyan met personally with General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and demanded that he adopt a program of reforms aiming to save the Soviet Union if he wanted to remain in power. The State Committee on the State of Emergency (SCSE), formed in August 1991, was designed, among other aims, to prevent Gorbachev’s removal, Sergey Kurginyan said on December 24 during an interview to Vladimir Solovyov, published on the Youtube-channel «Solovyov Live».

“The 29th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was being prepared, and Gorbachev was supposed to leave the party at this congress. In March 1991, I personally said to Gorbachev: ‘Either you will adopt the program and all that goes with it, or the party is a burden for you, but you are also a burden for the party.’ In the latter case, a new General Secretary would have been elected at the 29th Congress. And I have an unproven suspicion that one of the SCSE’s aims (if we talk about aims of the game) was to prevent the 29th Congress from taking place,” explained Kurginyan.

The political scientist reminded that at this time there was a program to develop the country and the communist ideology to which he contributed. This program gained support not only from the leadership of the Moscow communist organization, but also within the new organization “The Union of Hero Cities”.

Sergey Kurginyan explained that it was not only about Gorbachev resigning and the party gaining control over the Congress of People’s Deputies, but also about an audit of party finances. “You know, this was a difficult thing then,” said the expert.

The State Committee on the State of Emergency (SCSE) was formed by Soviet top officials and lasted from 18 to 21 August 1991. The SCSE members acted in opposition to Gorbachev’s policies (perestroika), including his decision to sign a new union treaty and reorganize the Soviet Union.    

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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