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fall of the soviet union

Foreign Ministry unveils secret files

Updated torsdag 17 februari 2011 kl 13.50
Published torsdag 17 februari 2011 kl 11.00
The August 1991 coup attempt failed

Updated 1:50 PM

The Swedish embassy in Moscow warned that “an empire is imploding”, “the risk for civil war is obvious” and “those behind the coup are uncertain and vacillating” during the August 1991 attempted coup that ended in the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The Swedish foreign ministry declassified 400 pages of documents from the period around the fall of the Soviet Union Thursday, and posted them on the Internet.

Under normal circumstances such diplomatic communications are kept secret for 50 years, but in the wake of the Wikileaks disclosures, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has decided these documents can be made open to the public.

The foreign ministry is known as UD in Swedish, and the release has been dubbed "UD Leaks" here.

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