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Last Soviet marshal Yasov dead at 95

MOSCOW: The last marshal of the Soviet Union Dmitry Yazov, who was a key player in the political turmoil that precipitated the collapse of the now defunct Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, died in Moscow on Tuesday aged 95. Yazov, who was then the Soviet Union’s highest ranking military official, played a central role in the 1991 attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev and in the bloody repression of pro-independence uprisings in Lithuania. Yet he remained a revered figure in Russia and was awarded military decorations by both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.


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