Boris Yeltsin, the first democratically elected president in Russia’s thousand years, galvanized the resistance when he climbed atop one of the tanks and called on citizens to defend the freedoms he had promised to deliver. A few months later, the Soviet Union was dead. All these years later, so is democracy.
Aug. 19, 1991 People march toward the Russian White House in central Moscow holding a poster reading: "No to fascism! Yes to Yeltsin! All on strike!" ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Buy Photo