Soviet Coup Archive - Images
This directory, only available through the web site, contains scanned photos
taken by Maxim Markevitch, at the time a 25 year old graduate student
at the Institute for Space Research in Moscow.
- This is the first picture taken
on the first morning (19 August), near
the Krymskii Val bridge. As he was not sure if they would allow him to
take pictures, the shot was taken from his bag - thus
the strange orientation.
- Again, taken the same first morning, the tank
guns are directed to the right of the Kremlin. The picture was taken from
- A colonel sitting on the machine gives a press
conference to a crowd of people, persuading the people that the troops are
in the town to help police to keep the order - Manezhnaia Square, the
afternoon of 19 August.
- A trolleybus (21 August, near the White House)
with graffiti. There is an old patriotic poem, which has a line in it
something like, "We will put the fireball to the cannon tightly." Two letters
have been changed in the graffiti and now it translates so something like,
"We will put the fireball to the body of Pugo," the name of the minister of
police. By the time this photo was taken, Pugo had already shot himself.
- Several people with cameras on a tank in
Manezhnaia Square on the afternoon of 19 August.
No one takes all the events seriously, considering it as a good reason to
get out to the street and to take pictures