Gennady Yanayev (26 August 1937 – 24 September 2010) was a Soviet politician. He was vice president, and acting president of the country in 1990–1991. He led a coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, but he was pardoned in 1994; after that he worked in the Russian tourism administration.
- I should like to stress that the party is alive, not because Gorbachev is general secretary of its central committee. If he ceases to be general secretary, another leader will come.
- My body is such that I remain sane even after drinking all my buddies under the table.
- These events weigh on my heart to this day.
Quotes about Gennady Yanayev 
- Yanayev lived an interesting, difficult and worthy life. If they had been more decisive, they could have succeeded in preserving our country and completely turned around the difficult situation of that time.