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Now that the failed
1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt
has crossed many t's and dotted the i's, it is becoming clear that Gorbachov was willing to tolerate an extraordinary degree of risk in order to preserve the ambiguity of his position which had enabled him for a long time to safeguard the process of reform.
When asked how Gorbachov bring down the communist system that challenged the West, should have responded to the war in Ukraine, Sergei Truba, a pensioner at the officially not declared state funeral ceremony said: “He had already done the main thing required in his life.” When asked what he meant, he replied: “Perestroika.” As to the war, he added, “his voice wouldn’t have made any difference. He could not have changed this.”
“I actually used to dislike Gorbachov,” said Truba, who added that he had condemned Gorbachov and Yeltsin as the main culprits in the hastening of the collapse of the Soviet Union. “But once Putin arrived, everything changed for me… I realised what a great man we had before.”