Yeltsin and the Confrontation at the Russian White House: A 30-Year Retrospective on the Event and Its Significance

Sakharov Seminar on Human Rights
Event Format

In September and October 1993, a bitter political dispute between the Russian President and his opponents in the Russian parliament led to a violent confrontation that set the future course of Russian politics. Ten days of armed fighting in the streets of Moscow culminated in the Russian army's bombardment of the Russian parliament building on 4 October 1993 at Yeltsin's behest. Nearly 150 people were killed, and hundreds more were seriously wounded. The event and its aftermath enabled Yeltsin to expand the power of the presidency and restructure the political system through the adoption of a new constitution in December 1993.


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