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1995 Russian coup d'état (Yeltsin Assassinated)

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1995 coup d'état in Russia
Part of War in post-Soviet states
Date 3—8 June 1995
Location Moscow, Russia
Result Usurpers succeed in toppling Yeltsin
Flag of the Russian ground forces Elements of the Russian military Flag of Russia (1991-1993) Yeltsin administration
Commanders and leaders
Flag of the Russian ground forces Nikolai Kormiltsev
Flag of the Russian ground forces Mikhail Barsukov
Flag of Russia (1991-1993) Boris Yeltsin
Units involved
Flag of the Russian ground forces Ground Forces Unknown
12,000 troops 500 police and security
Casualties and losses
2 killed, 13 injured 6 killed, 21 injured

A coup d'état occurred in Russia in 1995 against President Boris Yeltsin, who was largely unpopular with the Russian people due to his disasterous policies (having an approval rating of just 2% according to some polls). The coup was carried out by factions of the Russian ground forces loyal to Colonel General Nikolai Kormiltsev. Due to Yeltsin's great unpopularity among the Russian people, the coup was supported by the majority of the country and the general's troops were almost unopposed in capturing the president.

On 3 June 1995, some 12,000 soldiers of the Western Military District loyal to the cause of Kormiltsev stormed the neighborhoods around the Kremlin, blocking roads and shutting down the area. No resistance from police was met at that point. The Kremlin itself was then stormed and all exits blocked. Yeltsin hid as a few police and security guards scuffled with the soldiers, resulting in deaths and injuries. However, the corrupt president was found on 6 June. Colonel General Nikolai Kormiltsev announced his capture on national television, which ignited celebratory rallies in support of his actions in Moscow and other cities across the country. The government did nothing to stop him. As the coup leaders contemplated what to do about him, a soldier on guard duty at Yeltsin's cell shot and killed the former president. It was announced on television, and Kormiltsev was voted by the cabinet as the acting president of Russia.

Though this was largely supported by the population, the coup was still met with considerable opposition. Several opposition parties came together to form the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, a coalition group meant to counter President Kormiltsev and his recently established Transitional Government. The Alliance was funded by the United States, which had supported Yeltsin due to him keeping Russia in a weak position. Throughout June, as Kormiltsev reformed the government and military, removing corrupt officials, he was condemned also by the communist organizations, which knew Kormiltsev was a nationalist and did not want to restore the USSR. The tensions against Kormiltsev resulted in the outbreak of the Second Russian Civil War on 23 July 1995.

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