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Three days that shook the world

Yeltsin on tank

Russian President Boris Yeltsin climbs on a tank in a gesture of defiance, calling on the army, the police and all members of the KGB to switch allegiance.

Yeltsin on tank August 19th

 Tanks roll in

 Protest begins

 Yeltsin on tank

August 20th

 Army defects

 The rally grows

 Confrontation

 White House defence

August 21th

 Collapse of coup

 Celebration

 Gorbachev returns

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