Photo Gallery: Gorbachev's Last Days
08/11/2011
Communist hardliners staged a coup against Mikhail Gorbachev 20 years ago, and...
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Communist hardliners staged a coup against Mikhail Gorbachev 20 years ago, and the Soviet Union collapsed soon afterwards. Previously unknown documents, which SPIEGEL has obtained, show just how desperate the last Soviet leader was as he fought to retain power -- and how he begged Germany for money to save his country.