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Three days that shook the world

Protest begins

Crowds waving Russian flags soon begin gathering outside the Russian parliament and the offices of the new emergency committee.

Protest begins August 19th

 Tanks roll in

 Protest begins

 Yeltsin on tank

August 20th

 Army defects

 The rally grows


 White House defence

August 21th

 Collapse of coup


 Gorbachev returns




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