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.
The event was followed by massive demonstrations in other cities. People announced their willingness to get rid of the Soviet power.
Following President Yeltsin order, the leading Communist Party was declared void.
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.