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Russia: Muscovites lay flowers for Yeltsin and those who died in 1991 August Putsch02:31

Russia: Muscovites lay flowers for Yeltsin and those who died in 1991 August Putsch

Russian Federation, Moscow
August 21, 2016 at 12:13 GMT -00:00 · Published

Statues of Dmitry Komar, Ilya Krichevsky and Vladimir Usov

Muscovites laid flowers on the graves of those who died in the 1991 Soviet coup d'etat attempt, as well as then-ruling president Boris Yeltsin, at Vagankovo and Novodevichy Cemetery on Sunday, on the anniversary of the August Putsch.

Wreaths were laid at the graves of Dmitry Komar, Ilya Krichevsky and Vladimir Usov, who died in the early morning of August 21 after fighting the putschists. Besides Yeltsin's final resting place, flowers were also laid at the grave of former Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich at the Novodevichy Cemetery.

The attempted Soviet coup or so-called 'August Putsch' began on August 19, 1991, and lasted three days. A group of high level officials who opposed then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's proposed constitutional changes, attempted to take control of the country.

On the first day, the group created the State Committee on the State of Emergency (GKChP). While all the radio stations and television were reporting about President Gorbachev's sudden sickness, he had in fact been detained in Crimea. The same day a state of emergency was declared in Moscow, troops entered the city within hours. By noon, thousands of people gathered near Moscow's White House where the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic President Boris Yeltsin spoke to Russian citizens encouraging them to stand against the GKChP.

In the following days, there were massive rallies in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, known then as Leningrad, with some military units defecting to President Yeltsin. On August 21, the GKChP members were arrested.

Although the coup failed and Gorbachev returned to government, the August events destabilised the Soviet Union and was one of the factors leading to its demise and eventually Yeltsin's presidency of the Russian Federation.

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Statues of Dmitry Komar, Ilya Krichevsky and Vladimir Usov

Muscovites laid flowers on the graves of those who died in the 1991 Soviet coup d'etat attempt, as well as then-ruling president Boris Yeltsin, at Vagankovo and Novodevichy Cemetery on Sunday, on the anniversary of the August Putsch.

Wreaths were laid at the graves of Dmitry Komar, Ilya Krichevsky and Vladimir Usov, who died in the early morning of August 21 after fighting the putschists. Besides Yeltsin's final resting place, flowers were also laid at the grave of former Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich at the Novodevichy Cemetery.

The attempted Soviet coup or so-called 'August Putsch' began on August 19, 1991, and lasted three days. A group of high level officials who opposed then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's proposed constitutional changes, attempted to take control of the country.

On the first day, the group created the State Committee on the State of Emergency (GKChP). While all the radio stations and television were reporting about President Gorbachev's sudden sickness, he had in fact been detained in Crimea. The same day a state of emergency was declared in Moscow, troops entered the city within hours. By noon, thousands of people gathered near Moscow's White House where the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic President Boris Yeltsin spoke to Russian citizens encouraging them to stand against the GKChP.

In the following days, there were massive rallies in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, known then as Leningrad, with some military units defecting to President Yeltsin. On August 21, the GKChP members were arrested.

Although the coup failed and Gorbachev returned to government, the August events destabilised the Soviet Union and was one of the factors leading to its demise and eventually Yeltsin's presidency of the Russian Federation.

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