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Former KGB Chief Removed From Prison For Hospital Treatment

August 8, 1992

MOSCOW (AP) _ Former KGB chief Vladimir Kryuchkov, jailed for his role in the 1991 coup attempt, returned to prison this week following a one-week hospital stay, a prosecutor said Saturday.

″He was feeling general weakness, which is natural for someone his age,″ said Alexander Frolov, the chief investigator in the prosecutor’s office handling the cases against 12 of the imprisoned coup plotters.

Kryuchkov, 68, returned to Matrosskaya Tishina prison on Thursday, Frolov said. The daily Moskovsky Komsomolets quoted Fyodor Popov, head of the Interior Ministry hospital, as saying that details of Kryuchkov’s illness would not be released.

Kryuchkov was among the hard-liners in the Communist Party, military and KGB who placed former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev under house arrest on Aug. 18, 1991, and then tried to seize power. The coup was crushed in a popular uprising led by Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

The alleged coup plotters have maintained they were trying to prevent the Soviet Union’s collapse. No date has been set for their trial.

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