Red October

The two-week standoff between President Boris Yeltsin and former Vice President Alexander Rutskoi, barricaded in the Parliament Building, finally flared into violence. Moscow turned into an open-air shooting range for Rutskoi's ragtag army of Communists, neo-Nazis and just plain hooligans dedicated to restoring the old Soviet Union. They came close to seizing the levers of power, but Yeltsin dispatched tanks to shell the parliament and quashed the rebellion.


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