The most vivid footage of the August putsch
• The most vivid footage of the August putsch
August 19, 1991 - the first day of "August coup" putsch. We have prepared a selection of the most striking shots, which show these grand historical events, which have become one of the major steps on the road to complete disintegration of the USSR.
Mikhail Gorbachev, surrounded by his "friends" in a few weeks before they head the August coup. Next to Gorbachev standing vice-president of the USSR Gennady Yanayev, who will soon become the most prominent figure in the coup. In the photo - the country's leaders at a gala kindled fire on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin in May 1991
The Soviet tanks on a background of St. Basil's Cathedral and Spasskaya tower of August 19, 1991 The tanks drove all over Moscow to the White House, where Boris Yeltsin rallied his supporters and signed a decree "On the illegality of the actions of the coup."
The leaders of the putsch of August left to right: Minister of Internal Affairs of the USSR, Boris Pugo, vice-president of the USSR Gennady Yanayev, deputy chairman of the Defense Council Oleg Baklanov. They formed the State Committee on the State of Emergency, and tried to prevent the collapse of the USSR.
The crowd surrounded the armored personnel carrier, trying to block the road, August 19, 1991 Military equipment out on the streets of Moscow after it was announced that President Mikhail Gorbachev was removed from his post and was replaced by Gennady Yanayev.
Supporters of Boris Yeltsin on the barricades roll large pipe, August 19, 1991
Boris Yeltsin on a tank in front of the government's August 19, 1991, Yeltsin addressed a crowd of supporters with his statement on the illegality of the coup action.
Speech of President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, August 20, 1991 on television. In it he said that in the country there is an anti-constitutional coup, and his health is all right.
A demonstrator attacks a Soviet soldier near the White House August 19, 1991 On this day, thousands of people in Moscow, Leningrad and other cities of the country began to build barricades in the way of armor and troops.
A protester talks with a Soviet soldier in the evening August 20, 1991
Demonstrators play guitar and talking to the soldiers in front of the White House August 20, 1991
The people at the barricades in front of the White House August 21, 1991
soldier waving the tricolor and his war machine, while the rest of the military equipment out of its borders after the suppression of the putsch August 21, 1991 The leaders of the putsch escaped from the capital or committed suicide.
A crowd of cheering people outside the Russian government building rejoices end putsch August 22, 1991
The demolition of the monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky on Lubyanka Square in Moscow on August 22, 1991