Gorbachev was being held under house arrest at his holiday home in the Crimea,
Soviet radio announced.
was claimed that the leader was "unable to perform his presidential duty
for health reasons". Soviet television then started denouncing his policies.
new leader was Gennady Yanayev.
the protesters against the Communist coup, president of the Russian federation,
Boris Yeltsin, climbed onto a tank outside the Kremlin to urge the army not to
turn on the people.
said the coup was a "new reign of terror" and urged the people to resist
the USA, President George H Bush cut short his holiday because of the crisis.
coup failed 2 days later.