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After Words: Conor O'Clery, "Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union," hosted by Thomas Blanton

About the Program

The former Irish Times Moscow correspondent details the day that Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the U.S.S.R. and the failed coup that led to that day. He discusses the country's historic transition from communist superpower to open market republic with Thomas Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive.

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Conor O'Clery

Conor O'Clery was the Moscow correspondent for the Irish Times during the final years of the Soviet Union.  In 30 years with the Irish Times, he also served as correspondent in London, Beijing, New York and Washington, D.C.  He is the author of several books, including "The Billionaire Who Wasn't," a biography of American philanthropist Chuck Feeney.


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After Words: Conor O'Clery, "Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union," hosted by Thomas Blanton

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Past Airings

  • Monday, December 26th at 3am (ET)
  • Monday, December 26th at 12am (ET)
  • Sunday, December 25th at 9pm (ET)
  • Sunday, December 25th at 10am (ET)
  • Saturday, December 24th at 10pm (ET)
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