MOSCOW | Anatoly Lukyanov, ex-Soviet parliament speaker, dies at 88
MOSCOW—Jan 09, 2019— Anatoly Lukyanov, a Communist politician who as parliament speaker was imprisoned for his role in a coup attempt that precipitated the Soviet Union’s collapse, has died. He was 88.
Russia’s Channel One state television said Lukyanov died Wednesday. It didn’t specify the cause.
During the 1980s, Lukyanov, a senior Communist Party official, was a top associate of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. A lawyer by training, he had known Gorbachev since they were university students.