This is great war footage from post Soviet Russia.
In 1993 Russia underwent intense constitutional crisis involving a War of Laws between the Russian president Boris Yeltsin and the Russian parliament. The crises culminated in October 1993 with the use of military force in an assault on besieged Parliament building known as the White House in Moscow. The conflict left an estimated 187 people dead, making it the Moscow’s deadliest fighting event since the 1917 October Revolution.
President Boris Yeltsin came out of the conflict victorious because unlike the Russian parliamentarians, he did not focus solely on winning the support of high ranking military officer, but also turned to the great number of lower ranking ones. The military at first took a stance of neutrality, but eventually sided with the president and on October 4, 1993 launched an assault on the White House which had been under a tense siege by hard core communist and Vice President Alexander Rutskoy and his backing group of parliament rebels.
Civil War in Moscow
The assault on the White House was a result of a long developing conflict. Boris Yeltsin was one of the signers of the 1991 treaty that dissolved the USSR. As a new president that took over from Mikhail Gorbachev, Yeltsin introduced unpopular austerity measures that lead to fast deterioration of living conditions for many Russians. And while the general populace battled sudden hardships, the struggle for power between President Boris Yeltsin and the Russian Parliament with the Vice President Alexander Rutskoy in its mids kept heating up with both sides trying various tricks to strip the other of power.
On September 21, 1993, Boris Yeltsin decreed Russian Parliament dissolved and set the date for new parliamentary elections to December 12. Vice President Alexander Rutskoy responded to it by declaring Yeltsin impeached and announcing himself the new president. Supported by the communists and nationalists, Alexander Rutskoy, Ruslan Khasbulatov and other high rankers from the Duma barricaded themselves inside the White House.
Because none of the military officers wanted to take any decisive action, the command was eventually issues by captain Gennady Zakharov to end the siege with military power. Ten tanks opened fire at the upper floors of the White House to create confusion and minimize options for snipers. At the same time, special forces stormed the building to secure one floor after another until the whole White House was cleared.
In December 1993, parliamentary elections and a national referendum were held. New Russian constitution gave the President greater executive power and decreased the authority of the Duma. And thus the reign of pro Western, international Jewry ass kissing president Boris Yeltsin continued until 1999. During his presidency, Russia’s GDP sank to unrivalled levels, culminating in the Financial Crisis of 1998. Vladimir Putin who took over after Yeltsin restored the GDP to pre-Yeltsin numbers in the first 3 years of his presidency and almost doubled it by the time he left the office in 2007.
Video of the October 1993 siege and assault on the Moscow’s White House is below:
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