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Three days that shook the world

Introduction

The anti-Gorbachev coup of August 1991 was a last-ditch effort by a group of hardliners to save the Soviet Union. But it inadvertently brought about its collapse.

Tanks in red square 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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