Remembering the 1991 Moscow Coup—and What Came After

Twenty-five years ago today, tanks rumbled through the streets of Moscow. Do you remember where you were?

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Back in the (Former) USSR

I never thought I’d see Moscow again, although I dreamed of it for fourteen years. I boarded a teeming Aeroflot flight in late summer 2005, as Katrina’s receding waters revealed, inch by inch, the erasure of New Orleans as I once knew it. Mourning for that blighted, intoxicating city, I rushed towards another place I…