Rather like my book 'The Caspian Monster' the more I researched the subject, the more I realised that the whole incident was far more critical to world peace than was reported in the western media. However, in this case it was just the start of a process in that in Russia is still going on today. When Gorbachev unleashed the floodgates of Perestroika and Glasnost - Restructuring and Openness - I wonder if he realised just how far the avalanche of change would reach.............(apologies for the dreadful mix of metaphors!)
The villa on the Black Sea where Gorbachev was imprisoned for three days - or was he???