Conor O’Clery “Moscow, December 25, 1991″

September 2nd, 2011

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On Christmas Day some 20 years ago the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the USSR, ceased to exist. It was that evening that Mikhail Gorbachev handed control to Boris Yeltsin – including the suitcase full of nuclear launch codes – and the collapse of the Soviet empire was complete.

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Veteran Irish journalist Conor O’Clery, who lived and worked in Moscow during the final years of the Soviet Union as correspondent for the Irish Times, has written a minute-by-minute account of that singularly momentous day. Calling on journals, diaries, published accounts, and his own interviews with key players, O’Clery takes us inside the Kremlin to see what the power transfer looked like.His book is called “Moscow, December 25, 1991.”

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