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Russia’s military mourns as last Soviet marshal, Yazov, dies aged 95

Late Dmitry Yazov

Russia’s military, on Tuesday expressed condolences over the death of the Soviet Union’s last marshal, Dmitry Yazov, age 95.
Yazov, a World War II veteran and career serviceman, was promoted to Defense Minister in 1987, and the highest military rank, marshal, three years later.
He was dismissed after supporting a 1991 coup attempt against the Soviet Union’s last leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, who had been pursuing reforms to loosen Moscow’s grip on power over the republics.
The coup attempt precipitated the country’s collapse a few months later. Yazov spent more than a year in jail. He was then granted amnesty by the post-Soviet Russian parliament.
Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, however, expressed esteem for Yazov, describing him as a true patriot who completely dedicated himself to serving the fatherland.(dpa/NAN)

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