The August Coup Audio

Official Announcements of the GKChP (August 19, 1991)
Soviet TV
Description: An announcer reads the official declaration of emergency by the State Emergency Committee.

Eltsin Speaks against the Coup (August 19, 1991)
Boris Eltsin
Description: Boris Eltsin addresses Muscovites from the square before the Russian White House, summoning them to oppose the putsch.

Confrontation in the Parliament (August 23, 1991)
Gorbachev and Eltsin
Description: Gripping sounds as Boris Eltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev debate the fate of the Communist Party in the Russian Parliament. Eltsin first congratulated Russian legislators on the ‘victory over the reactionary forces,’ and then announced that all participants in the coup had been arrested and would face trial. Gorbachev followed with this evaluation of recent events. Eltisin would soon ban the Communist Party in the Russian Federation, effectively depriving the party of its power.

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