How The Coup's Collapse Moves Moscow Closer To The West

"If you try to jump across an abyss and you don't make it," Mikhail Gorbachev once dryly noted, "no one ever comments later about how far you jumped." The spectacular failure of the hard-liners' power grab gives the Soviet leader a second chance to complete his leap toward democracy and a free market--with crucial backing from President of the Russian Republic Boris N. Yeltsin.

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