Gennady Yanayev

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Gennady Yanayev
Gennady Yanayev (grave).JPG
Acting President of the Soviet Union
In office
19 August – 21 August 1991
President Mikhail Gorbachev
Vice President of the Soviet Union
In office
27 December 1990 – 21 August 1991
President Mikhail Gorbachev
Preceded by Anatoly Lukyanov (as vice head of state)
Succeeded by None (post abolished)
Chairman of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions
In office
April – July 1990
Preceded by Stephan A. Shalaev
Succeeded by None (post abolished)
Personal details
Born (1937-08-26)26 August 1937
Perevoz, Gorky Oblast, Soviet Union
Died 24 September 2010(2010-09-24) (aged 73)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union

Gennady Ivanovich Yanayev was a Soviet politician.

Yanayev held several political positions. He served during the rules of Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko. With the help of Mikhail Gorbachev, Yanayev was elected the first and only Vice President of the Soviet Union. He later led the "Gang of Eight" to depose Gorbachev. The coup ended after 3 days. Yanayev was arrested. In 1994 he was pardoned by the State Duma.

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