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Sunday, 19 August, 2001, 17:18 GMT 18:18 UK
In pictures: Russia coup anniversary
People in Russia have been marking the 10th anniversary of the failed coup attempt which precipitated the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The three-day coup by hardline communists in Moscow tried to halt Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's reform plans

Moscow White House
Many supporters gathered at Moscow's White House, where the drama was played out on 19 August 1991

A World War II veteran Lev Kutsevich (right) kisses his friend in celebration
A World War II veteran Lev Kutsevich (right) kisses his friend in celebration


Muscovites held Russian flags and Boris Yeltsin posters which read: "United we shall win: Boris Yeltsin"

President Putin on holiday
But Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is on holiday, stayed away from the celebrations

Vladimir Putin speaks with Maria Stepanova while visiting her house in the Karelian village of Yamki
He has so far remained silent on the anniversary and what it means for post-Soviet Russia

Boris Yeltsin during the coup attempt
Boris Yeltsin's tank-top protest at the White House became the defining image of the coup attempt

Mikhail Gorbachev with Boris Yeltsin
He soon eclipsed Mikhail Gorbachev as the country's most powerful leader
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