What happened in Latvia on August 21, 1991?

A new video has been produced by the Latvian Saeima charting the events of August 21, 1991, when Soviet power made one last, desperate bid to re-assert itself by staging a coup in Moscow.

Titled "What happened on August 21, 1991?" the video comes with English-language subtitles and provides an overview of how the Moscow putsch had very direct consequences on the streets in Rīga and the Saeima building itself, where important - if hurried - decisions were taken.

For more background on the events of the time, you might also like to watch LTV's brief documentary on the subject and its subsequent ramifications in the Baltic states.

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