In August 1991, Soviet hardliners held Mikhail Gorbachev captive at a Crimean resort in a last-ditch effort to save the crumbling Soviet empire. Anatoly Chernyaev, Gorbachev's foreign policy advisor was there when it happened. In this excerpt from the diary he kept at the time -- newly translated into English -- he tells the story of the coup attempt that destroyed the USSR.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may have shaved off his mustache,
but it's going to take a whole lot more than that to convince the world that he's not a
dictator. FP investigates the whiskers that autocrats wear.