Moscow, Russia, 04/10/1993. A tank shell explodes in the Russian Parliament as pro-government forces storm the rebel's headquarters. When President Boris Yeltsin dissolved the opposition-dominated Russian Parliament, deputies and supporters, led by Vice President Alexander Rutskoi, barricaded themselves inside the White House. After a 10 day stand-off the situation exploded into violence between pro and anti Yeltsin forces.
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Moscow, Russia, 04/10/1993.

A tank shell explodes on the Russian Parliament as pro-Kremlin troops storm the building to flush out opposition forces occupying the government headquarters.

When President Boris Yeltsin dissolved the opposition-dominated Russian Parliament in September 1993 communist and nationalist deputies and supporters, led by Vice President Alexander Rutskoi, barricaded themselves inside the White House.

The two week stand-off culminated in three days of fighting in the Russian capital between demonstrators supporting the rebels and police loyal to the Kremlin. When demonstrators broke through police lines sealing off the Parliament shooting broke out and the rebels attempted to take over the city’s television centre. Faced with the loss of control of the Russian capital President Boris Yeltsin ordered tanks and special forces to storm the Parliament: some 150 people were killed in the fighting.

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