Gorbachev returns to Moscow after coup attempt fails 20 years ago today

1991 Soviet Coup 3of3

(Thursday, August 22, 1991, 2:15 a.m. local time) — President Mikhail S. Gorbachev reclaimed power and flew home to the Soviet capital early today, arriving at Moscow’s Vnukovo-2 Airport just 70 hours after hard-liners in the communist Party, KGB and military ousted him.

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