The military takeover that took place on 19 of August 20 years ago was followed by a number of events that led to the fall of the Soviet Union. Let's remember the events and that time.
The 1991 August Putsch was an attempt by members of the Soviet Union's government to take control of the country from Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. The people were hard-line members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. They were opposed to Gorbachev's reform program and the new union treaty that he had negotiated which decentralised much of the central government's power to the republics.
In spite of the fat the putsch lasted 2 days only it led to collapse of the Soviet Union. In the picture you see how troops were brought into the city.
The putsch was poorly organized and its leaders were arrested a few days later.