August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

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.

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

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.

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

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.

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

The putsch was poorly organized and its leaders were arrested a few days later.

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

The event was followed by massive demonstrations in other cities. People announced their willingness to get rid of the Soviet power.

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

Following President Yeltsin order, the leading Communist Party was declared void.

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

The arrested former communist leaders and their accomplices were charged with treason in the form of a conspiracy aimed at capturing power. However by the end of 1992 they were all released from custody pending trial. The trial in the Military Chamber of the Russian Supreme Court began on 14 April 1993.

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse

 

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48 thoughts on “August Putsch Of 1991: the USSR Collapse”

        • China is a paper tiger. How much longer can it suppress it’s own people? It uses the US the way Hitler used the Jews. To generate a sense of nationalism and control behavior. China will have another revolution. It will be the people rising up against central authority to demand freedom, the right to have more than one kid, the right to vote, and the right to be a capitalist consumer. The Chinese people want more than their government is willing to give them. Bet on a similar revolution taking place in China that did in Russia in 1991. Let’s just hope it is bloodless.

          • YOU SMART HISTORIAN HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN CHINA? MOST OF THE PEPOLE FEEL THAT THEY ARE PART OF A GRATE NATION. DO YOU REALY BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVING BAD TIME THERE?….BETTER GO TO SEE AND AFTER THAT SPEAK AGAIN. WESTERN COUNTRIES SHOWS YOU WHAT THEY WANT AND NOT THE TROUTH. WAKE UP.

      • China is a “paper tiger” that happens to own the nearly bankrupt US Government. And the Chinese people know that (and are proud of it). Sad thing.

    • ACTUALY MY FRIEND YOUR COUNTRY SOONER OR LATER WILL HAVE THE SIZE PENNSYLVANIA..DEVIDED AMONG UK, USA, CHINA AND JAPAN….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.RUSSIA WHAT RUSSIA…….!!!!!!!!!

  1. Yeltsin was the victor at the end of that day, but his memory is undoubtedly tarnished for selling out himself to the Oligarchs and undertaking the economically destructive ‘shock therapy’.

  2. Remember guys, that 2 years later the same Boris Yeltsin sent the tanks against the Russian Parliament and bombed it in order to constrain the deputies to approve his constitutionnal reform. Through this “auto-putsch”, he obtained the right to govern with decrees, allowing him to start the massive movement of privatizations that still scars Russia.

    • Yeltsin was elected by the 1st in the history of Russia general elections.
      The “Supreme Council” how it was called (not Parliament how you call it) was NOT ELECTED, it was formed according to old Soviet rules, i.e. self-appointed. Yeltsin wanted to replace it with a Parliament which would be elected by the people on general elections (same as it is now), but the self-appointed usurpers in the “Supreme Council” obviously did not want to go peacefully. So Yeltsin had to use force. And the prove the people did not want that “Council” to rule them anymore, was that nobody protected them, which allowed Yeltsin to disband them.

  3. Pretty incredible time. It sucked that when SU fell, the economy went with it, and I’m glad things have gotten better for Russians since then.

    LOL, at first I read “August Putsch” and thought that was a German man! I’m a bit spaced out today. 🙂

    • So benevolent it killed 100 million people before the people finally stood up and gained their freedom. I have no respect for genocide deniers.

      • Nice to hear that from a credible source my american friend! Living in a union of 300m people, I somehow didn’t know ANYONE that got killed by the “regime”. And to think, according to you it was 1/3 of the population. Oh Fox News told you that? I beg your pardon, I thought you had a brain of yourself.

      • Does this mean you don’t respect the USA which committed genocide on Native Peoples? Does this mean you don’t respect the UN which allowed genocide in Congo, Sudan, Bosnia? Not many people left to respect, is there?

      • WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DO NOT RESPECT FRENCIES AND ENGLISH, AMERICANS, ITALIANS AND GERMANS WHY THE DID THEIR JOB LIKE STALIN DID….HAVE YOU EVER HEARED THE GENOCIDES OF ENGLIS AND FRENCIES NEVER..?READ SOME HISTORY MAN.

  4. AH yes it was wonderful in cccp ,but the best was under stalin.Those golden years who can forget ,internal passports to live in moscow,labour camps,and the ever helpfull friendly KGB and MVD.LOL

    • Once again, what would you know about Russia, in this case the Soviet Union?!! Nothing, what you think you know probably came from Wikipedia. I grew up in the last years of the USSR (the mid and late 80’s) and no we didnt need “internal passports” in our own country, the people sent to the camps were traitors (spies and their likes) and political prisoners. And this might interest you, until the August coup, when a state of emergency was declared, we never even saw the “feared and awful” KGB.

      • Wow, that mus have been quite a different soviet union you saw. Before the collapse, there was nothing left of the generally weak Soviet economy. People sent to camps were all the intelligent and self-thinking people who were “traitors” of the occupation. And KGB was seen everywhere, lot’s of scientists, politicians and open-minded people were regular visitors of their basemetns. Some came back, many got “lost”.

  5. Ironic. The USSR first collapsed economically due to military over spending (causing chronic stagnant living standards). Now the US could be paralyzed in debt for years -or possibly worse- because it continued to outspend the same as in the Cold War. Not even their Chinese creditors would’ve believed that in 1990.

  6. These were truly incredible times for the whole world to witness. I’m just thankful that the world didn’t end in fire like so many predicted. What distresses me, however, is that the Cold War mentality still exists in America. I don’t like that Russia and America have strained relations. America needs to respect Russia and her decisions – the two must learn to become better friends.

    • America doesn’t consider Russia an enemy. However, read any Pravda article and have the posts in ER and you can see Russian still consider America an enemy. Putin likes it that way I guess

      • @testi: Ha! Perhaps Tangowolf read your daily rantings against everything russian, in every post. You sound like from another decade. Or simply you have a big inferiority complex and you need to do some loud self flattering every day. Well that’s only your problem. You keep fighting your lonely Cold War.

  7. Crime deaths in the US surpass dead count of whatever reason in Russia since 1991. Check it. Lock your doors more often. I like chicken.

  8. Drug junkies? How many die in the US each month?? How are the foreclose thing going? Crime deaths have always been higher in the US than the EU or Russia… It’s good you keep your humor. You need it. Please, respond with another funny post again.

  9. The old days gone for news to joined; but just like someone die and other life take over, Never be the same, but will be better or worse? I have saying many times nothing it is perfect, only we missed some times with regretted, or happiness with new way of life. A.Oscar

  10. The end of soviet union was a catastrophy. Gorbachev had good intentions but this couldn’t stop the events from happening. Put the wall back! Life was much better before in the USSR.

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