Boris Karlovich Pugo
(, ) (February 19, 1937 – August 22, 1991, in Moscow) was a hardline Soviet Communist political figure
Pugo was born in Kalinin, Russian SFSR
) into a family of Latvian communists who had left Latvia after Latvia was proclaimed as an independent country in 1918. His family returned to Latvia after Soviet Union occupied and annexed it in 1940.
Pugo graduated from Riga Polytechnical
in 1960 and worked in various Komsomol
, Communist Party
and Soviet government positions since then, both in Latvia and Moscow
. His positions between 1960 and 1984 included the first secretary
of the Central Committee
of Komsomol of Latvian SSR
, a secretary of the Central Committee
of Komsomol of USSR, the first secretary of Riga
City Committee of Communist Party and the chairman of KGB
Pugo was the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Latvian SSR
from April 14, 1984 to October 4, 1988.
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. He soon after committed suicide
. He shot his wife and himself as soon as he realized that the coup had failed.
Several media (including Moscow Times
) have cast doubts on the circumstances of his suicide, suggesting he might have been killed and the murder masked as a suicide.
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