1994 Photo Contest, Spot News, 2nd prize

Edward Opp

Primus Photo Agency

01 October, 1993

The power struggle between the legislature, led by Ruslan Khasbulatov and Aleksandr Rutskoi, and President Yeltsin came to a head when Yeltsin dissolved parliament on September 21. As the world looked on, the rebels barricaded themselves in the White House parliament building, where they installed Rutskoi as their new president. Barricades were erected on Moscow's main street. When soldiers and tanks appeared on the scene, they became targets for sniper fire from the White House. In the afternoon of October 4 the rebels, some of them injured, began evacuating the building. Storm troops reclaiming the White House for Yeltsin found more than 40 bodies.

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Edward Opp

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