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A decade of democracy
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The White House
 1.Yeltsin defiant
 2.After the coup
 3.Rebel parliament
 4.Nationalist backlash
 5.Poverty
Rebel parliament

President Yeltsin found himself on a collision course with parliament when he launched the radical economic reforms that Gorbachev had shied away from. The quarrel escalated into a struggle for supremacy, and a battle over the division of powers in a new Russian constitution. In September 1993 Yeltsin dissolved parliament and militant deputies gathered inside the White House with armed supporters. After a pitched battle outside Moscow's television studios, Yeltsin ordered tanks to fire at the White House, and forced the pro-parliament rebels to surrender.


Video The BBC’s Ben Brown, 4 October 1993: "The area around the parliament had become a killing zone"
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