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Yeltsin defiant

Russian democracy could have been nipped in the bud if a hardline putsch against Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991 had come off. That it did not is largely thanks to Gorbachev's rival, Boris Yeltsin, who was then the recently-elected president of the Russian Federation, and led resistance to the putschists from the White House - headquarters of the Russian government. Years later, US President Bill Clinton described the moment when Yeltsin climbed a tank to defend Russia's freedom as "one of the most thrilling experiences of my life".

Video The BBC’s Martin Sixsmith, 19 August 1991: "Yeltsin emerged to confront the besieging troops."
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