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Soviet tank commander: 'I decided not to fire on anyone'

Russia is marking the 20th anniversary of the attempted coup which led to the demise of the Soviet Union.

The standoff lasted for three days between August 19 and 22.

A crucial moment happened when a squadron of tanks commanded by Major Sergey Yevdokimov switched sides and went to defend the Russian parliament building known as the White House.

Speaking to BBC News, Major Yedvokimov recalled those days when he made perhaps the most difficult decision in his career.

  • 19 Aug 2011
  • From the section Europe
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