Gorbachev said that prevented the Communist party to retain influence

© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Odinakovymi in fotobanka-President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev. Archival photoGorbachev said that prevented the Communist party to retain influence© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Odinakovymi the image Bank

The Communist party could maintain its influence and power, if in 1991 a coup, says former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

On Thursday, Gorbachev presented his new book «In a changing world» devoted to the foreign policy of the era of perestroika.

«I think could,» he said, answering the question, could the Communist party to maintain its influence if it had not been a coup.

On the night of August 19, 1991, senior Soviet leadership who disagree with the policy of reforms of President Mikhail Gorbachev and the new Union Treaty that created the State emergency Committee in the USSR (GKCHP of the USSR). This date entered the history of the state as the August coup. In this day held an attempt to remove Gorbachev from the post of President and to change its course.

A few dozen tanks are very close to the House of the Supreme Council and the government of the Russian Federation on Krasnopresnenskaya embankment (the White house). Resistance to the coup was headed by the President of the RSFSR Boris Yeltsin and the Russian leadership. Yeltsin signed decrees in which the creation of the emergency Committee were qualified as a coup attempt; the Federal Executive authorities, including law enforcement agencies, was reassigned to the President of Russia.