Soviet Coup Archive
This is an archive of materials related to the coup that took
place in the Soviet Union during late August of 1991.
This material is available via anonymous ftp on cs.oswego.edu.
Please use your e-mail address as a password.
There are plans to develop software to allow examination of this
material from remote sites. When that software is available
there will be an announcement. There is currently no mail server
available for this material. Please contact email@example.com
if you wish to retrieve some of this material and you do not have
access to anonymous ftp.
For our information, and curiousity, please send e-mail to either
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and let us know who you
are, where you are from, and how you intend to use this
information (for personal interest, research, class use,
whatever). Thank you in advance.
This material is available here complements of several
individuals, most notably:
Larry Press, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
California State U. at Dominguez Hills
Nick Sandru, (email@example.com)
CRI A/S, Case Systems Division
Doug Jones, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
University of Iowa
Peter Staugaard, (email@example.com)
Dave Bozak, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SUNY College at Oswego
and of course
Vadim Anatov and Polina Anatova and their colleagues at Demos
(email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org)
There are several subdirectories related to different
information or different sources of information. They are:
This is a collection of postings to USENET News newsgroups
soc.culture.soviet and talk.politics.soviet. These were
kept as received by Larry Press from Nick Sandru and each
file name indicates a time-stamp of arrival. All files are
named in the following manner:
dd - day of receipt
hh - hour of receipt
n - part number (if multiple files for same day and
The selections contain actually most of the postings sent
during that period; only non-related subjects and some
irrelevant stuff (such as mail addresses sent by many
posters) have been excluded. The articles are ordered as
they were received on Nick Sandru's PC/AT Minix system.
Also within this directory is a file, edited, which
collapses all of the other files, removes repeated postings,
minimizes header information and replaces Russian text with
translations. This was prepared by Doug Jones.
This directory, only available through the web site, contains scanned photos
taken by Maxim Markevitch, at the time a 25 year old graduate student
at the Institute for Space Research in Moscow.
A collection of stuff, including uucp maps and e-mail
addresses and a tar file of interesting postings taken from
an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) window connected to a computer
in Moscow (complements of Kurt Jaeger,
email@example.com). There is also a pointer here to a
collection of memoirs available on the Russia Filelist.
This is one (large!) file which contains the archive of
postings maintained by the folks at Demos.
This directory contains papers or articles concerning the
coup or the role of telecommunications in maintaining
information flow during the coup.
These are the daily reports from Radio Free Europe/Radio
Liberty during the period August 19 through September 6,
These are in-depth analysis articles from Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty during the period August 18 through
September 3, 1991.
Here we have a program to change the transliteration of
Russian language postings to make it somewhat more easy to
read. This software can be used on the body of various
postings contained in the SOVARC file. Credit for the
software belongs to Steve Gaarder
There is also a tar file containing KOI-7 and KOI-8 fonts
and three utilities to handle the addition and stripping of
the 8th bit. The fonts were developed on a Sun SparcStation
and may not be valid on other architectures. This material
is complements of Ken Hardy (uunet!racerx!ken).
There is also X11R4 cyrillic software, complements of Neal
Dalton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Serge Vakulenko (val
This directory contains one file from the VAL-L list at
UCF1VM. This file contains the view of the coup from the
perspective of Valentine Michael Smith, based on reading the
Demos/RELCOM posts, GlasNet posts, talk.politics.soviet
posts, soc.culture.soviet posts, and posts from the list
RUSSIA. Valentine is a non-traditional undergraduate
student majoring in history with minors in writing and
political science. He has been a long-time contributor to
such lists as Politics, History, USSR-L and NewsE-L. He has
had his own List since 1/91. He can be reached at
Should you have access to other material related to the coup,
please contact me at email@example.com. I would like to make
this collection as complete as possible. Thank-you.