The scene: Moscow. The time: mid-August. A group of high-level officials meet in a smoke-filled room. YANEYEV: Gentlemen, is agreed that we must throw out Gorbachev. But how? KRYUCHKOV: Is no problem, comrade. I have instruction manual! Is "KGB Guide to Overthrowing Soviet Government, Revised Edition, 1963. 'Available fine bookstores everwhere. 50 rubles. In this fact-filled new edition, KGB experts describe how anyone...'" PAVLOV: Skip to good part, comrade. KRYUCHKOV: Here it is. 'Five steps to a successful coup. 1. Arrest leader and announce that he is ill. 2. Seize TV and radio stations to suppress news. 3. Crush opposition.' YANEYEV: What about democratically elected officials? FAX machine? Foreign correspondants? World opinion? Foreign aid? General strikes? KRYUCHKOV: No, is nothing here about that. PAVLOV: Must not be important, then. YANEYEV: No, I suppose not.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)