Secret Papers Reveal Truth Behind Soviet Collapse

By Christian Neef

Photo Gallery: Gorbachev's Last Days


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.

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Graphic: Break-up of the Soviet Union



Graphic: Break-up of the Soviet Union

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