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21/08/1991 'Gang of Eight' coup in Russia collapses


25 years on: Failed coup that ended Soviet Union


Soviet Coup August 19, 1991 NBC coverage


Three days that shook the world in August 1991


Russia marks anniversary of failed USSR coup

The 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt was an attempt by members of the government of the USSR to take control of the country from Soviet President and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. The coup leaders were hard-line members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
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    • Essentials 

    • Background 

    • Preparation 

    • The coup chronology 

    • Aftermath 

    • International reactions 

    • Further fate of GKChP members