A Tale of Two Coups: Moscow 1991 and Washington 2016

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The other day, I received an email from a schoolgirl in Moscow: New Year’s salutations, thanks for a gift, and a request that read:

“Get your troops out of Poland; love, your Russky niece.”

I laughed at her presumption about my influence on U.S. troop movements.  At the same time, I couldn’t help but think of her mother, Tatyana Arkadyevna Malkina, “the girlfriend of Russian democracy.”  Apparently, true grit is genetic, that rare courage of a few to speak truth to power.

Malkina was the sole journalist who, at age 24, had the courage to defy the Kremlin establishment, recidivist coup-plotters who would have undone the Russian elections, that “revolution without guns,” in 1991; those Gorbachev, then Yeltsin, reforms.  The ancien régime, totalitarian Communists, were humiliated by a girl who had the courage to face down the old guard and ask:  “Could you please say whether or not you understand that last night you carried out a coup d’état?” …
Read more: American Thinker

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