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 Boris Yeltsin stands on a tank to appeal to communist coup leaders to end their revolt.

August 19, 1991: Boris Yeltsin helps foil hardline coup against Soviet reformer Gorbachev

Thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow to demonstrate against Soviet hardliners, with Russian Federation president Boris Yeltsin climbing onto a tank and appealing to the army not to turn on the protesters.

 
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