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Gorbachev: 'I made a silly mistake'

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Twenty years ago, a hard-line coup carried out by Gorbachev's enemies in Russia threatened to halt his efforts to end cold war hostility and Soviet repression.

In the second of her special reports, Bridget Kendall reports on the Soviet Union's last president and his once "precarious position".


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