Report by Workers’ Party of Donbass
The event was attended by the Council of Veterans, Communist Party of the Donetsk People’s Republic and Komsomol members. Speakers discussed the problems associated with further liberalization of the economy, and legislative, economic and social reforms in the period before and after the referendum.
Translator’s note: The referendum held on March 17, 1991, stated: “Do you consider necessary the preservation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as a renewed federation of equal sovereign republics in which the rights and freedom of an individual of any nationality will be fully guaranteed?”
For: 113,512,812 – 77.8%
Against: 32,303,977 – 22.2%
Despite the vote, the U.S.-backed Gorbachev-Yeltsin leadership illegally dissolved the USSR on December 26, 1991.