One Russian general said the USSR lost the Cold War because it was hopelessly behind the West in computer technology. This is interesting to the "Catch-22" theory because the general said the lack of communication technology aided the fall of communism. If both the lack and presence of communication technology hinder government control, it seems even harder for authoritarian governments to find a balance where their citizens feel informed about the world without pervading their minds with Western ideas.
As Newsweek commented:
The coup leaders apparently relied on popular indifference and fear of authority. But those are not the attributes of people in the know. And last week Russians proved that they have entered the information age.(How the Internet..., p.39)
Because of Yeltsin's complete use of communications technology, the Russian people knew there was still a fight to be waged against communism and they refused to sit back. Being "in the know" also encouraged the Chinese students of 1989 to continue to protest for democracy.