Former vice-president of Russia Alexander Rutskoi said that in the circle of ex-president of the country Boris Yelets there was an unknown person with a foreign accent, who shortly before the collapse of the USSR gave him advice on appointments to top government posts.
Rutskoi remembered how he witnessed a conversation between a stranger and Yeltsin, while he had never met this man anywhere before.
“And he says to Yeltsin:“ Well, Boris Nikolayevich, Rutskoi has fulfilled his function, you won the elections, you won the State Committee for a State of Emergency (GKChP), and we need to think about how to relieve him of his post as vice president. You don’t need him, he will bother you with his character, abilities, behavior, “Rutskoi said in an interview with Lente.ru, published on Friday, June 11.
According to him, Yeltsin promised to think about these issues. This dialogue took place about a week and a half after the GKChP speech, Rutskoi noted, adding that the stranger was tall, spoke with a foreign accent and had a solid appearance.
In April, the former first secretary of the Central Committee of the Komsomol Viktor Mironenko said that the decisions of the first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, actually led to the destruction of the Soviet Union.
According to the ex-secretary of the Central Committee of the Komsomol, the reluctance of the Ukrainian leadership to sign a new union treaty in 1991 put an end to the existence of the Soviet Union. If Ukraine had behaved differently, then perhaps other republics and politicians would have behaved differently, added Mironenko.