Inside the August Coup d'État

In August 1991, a brief coup d'état was staged in Moscow. It eventually triggered the collapse of the Soviet Union and spellbinded the world. Aiming to grab power, the hardline conspirators placed President Gorbachev under house arrest. However, Russian Republic President Boris Yeltsin rose up against the coup, and 100,000 citizens rallied around him. The military became entangled, with loyalties divided, and the coup eventually failed. Yeltsin's influence expanded greatly because of his forceful performance resisting the coup. Based on interviews with those involved and recently uncovered materials, Inside the August Coup d'État documents what really transpired in the dramatic coup attempt.