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Three days that shook the world

Army defects

The Tamanskaya tank division becomes to first to declare its support for Yeltsin, taking up position outside the Russian Parliament.

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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