Kalinin, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Died||1991-08-22 (Age 54)|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
Pugo was the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Latvian SSR from April 14, 1984 to October 4, 1988. Pugo also served as chairman of the Control Commission of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1988-1991.
Between 1990 and 1991, he was the Minister of the Interior Affairs of the USSR. He was a member of the August Coup in 1991 and as the minister of interior firmly supported measures to suppress opposition to the coup.
After the coup had failed, he supposedly committed suicide, anticipating arrest. He was contacted by the RSFSR prosecution for a meeting and he shot his wife and himself minutes after the phone call. It has been suggested that he committed suicide with a remarkable 3 shots to the head.
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