Friday, 23 November 2012

Radio Moscow, 19th August 1991

Radio Moscow
"The First Decision issued by the State of Emergency Committee"
19th August 1991 / 1107GMT
14.5Mhz (Approx. It was only a little radio with a not very accurate dial.)
(15 minutes)

Another one from one of my cassettes.  I recorded this on the first day of the August Putsch, a coup attempt (19-21 Aug 1991) which although short-lived is widely considered to have contributed to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Instead of their normal programming Radio Moscow were broadcasting classical music which they'd interrupt occasionally to give this message.

More info on the coup on wikipedia.



  1. Thank you very much for posting this. I heard it live in 1991, but alas did not record it. Thank you, Thank you.

  2. I'd like to echo the thanks of Mr. Anonymous. I've recently become very interested in the transformation period of the USSR/Russia, from Gorbachev through Putin, and I've been trying to track down Radio Moscow programming, in order to see the transition from censorship to openness, and how various events were covered.

    This recording is extremely interesting and I haven't seen it posted anywhere else. This is golden stuff. Thank you for recording and sharing!!