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Date: Tue, 20 Aug 91 05:04:26 +0200
MOSCOW: THE DECLARATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA AT THE
MOSCOW /RIA/. The President of Russia Boris Elcin declared last
events in the USSR as a revolt. During the press-conference held
today in the House of Soviets he told to the journalists that
leaders of Ukraine and some other republics have the same
opinion. He told, that he was not able to talk to the President
of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachov.
He noted, that TV and radio is under special control of a group
of the revolters. Speaking about the Order #1 of the
Extraordinary Commitee he told that it is proves a fact of the
revolt and told that the leadership of Russian Federation will
fullfill its duties. That's because the President of Russia got
his power from the people and no one can remove him.
Elcin told, that today will be published his order about
not-fulfillong the order of the illegitimate commitee at the
territory of the Russian Federation.
LATVIAN COMMUNIST LEADER WELCOMES THE ACTIONS OF THE COMMITEE
FOR EXTRAORDINARY SITUATION
MOSCOW /RIA/ Politburo member of the CPSU, first secretary of
the Latvian Communist Party Alfreds Rubiks stated at the
press-conference held august 19 in Riga, that he watches current
events "not only with joy, but with proudness. It was a dream
for our party".
He also told, that Latvia is among the regions, where will be
extraordinary situationn rules set up for six month. All the
power will be passed to the extraordinary commitee that will be
formed by the Commander of Baltic Military region Fyodor Kuzmin.
The Central Commitee of Latvian Communist Party and
"Ravnopravie" ("Equal Rights") fraction of the Latvian
parliament, that represents the interests of russian-speaking
population will propose their candidates for this temporary
commitee. All the political parties, that act in contradiction
with the USSR Constitution and the Condtitution of Latvian
Soviet Socialist Republic will be banned. All the mass-media,
that will not support the new order will be banned also.
Alfreds Rubics told that several "deputies extremists" will be
brought against the trial and the squad that guards the Latvian
parliament will be disarmed. He also stated that any attempt of
the resistance will be suicidal.
EXTRAORDINARY SITUATION, MOSCOW: "SOYUZ" DEPUTY GROUP SUPPORTS
THE NOTE OF THE STATE COMMITEE FOR EXTRAORDINARY SITUATION
MOSCOW. /RIA/ "Soyuz" deputy group supports the note of the
State committee for extraordinaty situation. This was stated in
phone interview by the member of the presidium of this fraction
Georgiy Tikhonov. He told, that "Soyuz" leadership new nothing
about that action.
MOSCOW: SITUATION AT 13:30
MOSCOW /RIA/. Several tanks emerged to the Marx prospect near
the Teatralnaya square. They moved towards Lubyanka. There is an
Army division near the Bolshoy theatre. All ways to the
Manezhnaya square are blocked by trolleybuses. There are buses
with OMON (special militia squad) at the side of the Historical
A column of Army mobils was stopped by demonstrants between
Manezh and Alexandrovsky garden. The speakers at the meeting
told that the Central Telegraph is controlled by the revolters.
Major Victor Gogolev told that he has not an order to shoot and
showed an empty pistolet magazine.
The deputy of Moskvoretzky region council Vladimir Ivanov told
that the automobile plant "Likhachova", "Kalibr" and other
plants are on strike. Telman Gdlyan is arrested, as told by V.
At 13:20 water pumps attempted to enter the square but were
stopped by demonstrants who started to break the machines. They
had to retreat to the old building of Moscow Univercity. A part
of demonstrants started moving towards Krasnopresnenskaya to the
House of Soviets of the Russia.
Both sides of every transport bridge across Moscow river there
are tanks with guns headed to the bridges. Several
columns of tanks and transporters passed by Sadovoye Koltzo near
Zubovskaya square. A lot of military was spotted near the
building of the Russian parliament.
DECLARATION OF "SAYUDIS"
VILNIUS /RIA/. The council of the Seim of Sayudis published a
declaration to the citizens of Lithuania. It proposed to start a
total political strike in case of removing the legitimate power
by soviet forces. Citizens are called to the central squares of
VITAUTAS LANDSBERGIS'S ADDRESS TO THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD, TO
THE GOVERNMENTS OF FREE COUNTRIES, TO THE UNO AND OTHER
VILNIUS /RIA/. The chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania
Vitautas Landsbergis radioed today the "Address to the peoples
of the world, to the governments of free countries, to THE UNO
and other international organizations". He told, that lives of
citizens and the order in the Lithuanian Republic are in danger
of the Soviet military force. "Please help to the legitimate
power, that protects order and stability in Lithuania. Make it
clear, that the occupation of Lithuania would be a continuation
of the Gitler-Stalin bargain, that Western states would not be
tolerant to the new stalinism and all the responsibility for the
aggression would be on the initiators and executors of it"
Landsbergis also told that the Commander of Baltic military
region Fyodor Kuzmin ordered him by the phone to disarm the
workers of the Department of the Country Defense, but he got a
THERE WILL BE NO EXTRAORDINARY SITUATION IN KAZAKHSTAN
ALMA-ATA /RIA/. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev is
expected to address the people of the respublic in the evening.
Now the government has a session. As it was known by the RIA,
there will be no extraordinary situation in the Kazakhstan.