Уплачено В. (uplacheno_v) wrote,
Уплачено В.
uplacheno_v

The coup leaders must now weaken and isolate prodemacracy forces, prevent mass popular resistance, gain the compliance of republic and local authorities, and maintain cohesion in the armed forces and security services. The needs to avoid disrupting the harvest, energy production, transport, and food imports limit the coup leaders' maneuvering room. A strategy of massive intimidation with bloodshed might stun the opposition, but also could easily backfire, inciting resistance and leading to military mutiny. A strategy of tailored repression might avoid radicalizing the general population, but it would give opposition time to organize.

USSR: JUNTA FACES FORMIDABLE CHALLENGES,
Top Secret,
20 August 1991
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