Gennady Yanayev

Gennady Yanayev

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name = Gennady Ivanovich Yanayev

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order = Vice President of the Soviet Union
term_start = December 1990
term_end = August, 1991
president = Mikhail Gorbachev
predecessor = None - post created
successor = None - post abolished
order2 = Acting President of the Soviet Union
term_start2 = August 19
term_end2 = August 21, 1991
president2 = Mikhail Gorbachev
predecessor2 = Mikhail Gorbachev
successor2 = Mikhail Gorbachev
birth_date = birth date and age|1937|08|26
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party = CPSU
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Gennady Ivanovich Yanayev ("Янаев, Геннадий Иванович" in Russian) (born August 26, 1937), Russian politician and statesman. He was also the first and only Vice President of the Soviet Union (1990-91).

Yanayev had worked with Komsomol since 1963. In 1968-1970, he held the post of Chairman of the Committee of the Soviet Youth Organizations. Between 1986 and 1990, Yanayev was a secretary, deputy chairman and chairman of the All-Union Central Soviet of Trade Unions ("Всесоюзный центральный совет профессиональных союзов" (ВЦСПС), or Vsesoyuzny tsentralny sovet professionalnykh soyuzov). From July, 1990 - January, 1991, he was a member of the Politburo and secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU. From December, 1990 - August 1991, Yanayev held the post of Vice President of the Soviet Union.

During the August Coup of 1991, Yanayev was a member of the State Emergency Committee and became acting President of the Soviet Union, replacing the deposed Mikhail Gorbachev. He was later prosecuted and sentenced for his role in the August Coup attempt. However, Yanayev was eventually freed by the amnesty of the Russian State Duma in 1994.


"Let me say that Mikhail Gorbachev is now on vacation. He is undergoing treatment, himself, in our country. He is very tired after these many years and he will need some time to get better." - Gennady Yanayev, speaking at a press conference during the August Coup against Gorbachev. []

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