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529-530) tends to take this claim as a real point of departure of the new military thinking. 43 As far as the testimonies can be trusted, i t was the agreement between General Gromov, Deputy M inister of the I nterior, and General Grachev, Commander of the Airborne Troops. not to take any actions that aborted the coup. Both indicated the inevitable bloodshed as the main reason for cancelling the assault. ( See 'Why the "Thunder" Did Not Crash', 1 994. ) A R M Y A N D P O L I T I C S I N H I STO R I C A L P E R S P EC T I V E 21 became - after the t ragic events in Tbilisi, Baku and Vilnius, with the blame for all put on the Army - a message of hypocrisy.
Fc)u n d g u i l t y o f conspiracy in 1 849. w a s condemned t o death: at the last to be · rc - d i scO\ crcd · 0nlJ i n the l a t e nlllml·nt t h e sentence was commuted to fo u r y e a rs o f h a rd l a b o ur i n S i beria. to be fol lowed by fo u r wars serv i n g as a s o l d i e r m i l i t a rv sen i(x a t t h e t i n lc. t h c l a tt e r be i n g a t e l l i n g i n d ication of t h e prestige a n d con d i t i o n s o f 14 P A R T I : G E N E R A L LY S P E A K I N G widespread opposition i n the Russian intelligentsia to the absolutism of which the Army was part and parcel.
57";" of the 5,000 participants considered armed conflicts between Russia and other C I S member-states possible in the near future. ( See Putko. 1 992. ) 46 Lenin i n 1 9 1 5 added a point o r c1arirication t o the dictum '01' one o f the profoundest writers on the problem of war', naming violence by its name among 'other means' . In the judgcment of some Soviet theoreticians, this contribution 'radically changed the statement of the problem ' ( Sokolovskiy, 1 975, p. 430). 22 P A R T I : G E N E R A L LY S P E A K I N G the volumes of Voennaya Misl (,Military Thought') one can hardly find any thing close to such attempts of contemporary interpretation as, for example, Beyerchen ( 1 992/93).