Stepashin told a meeting with Rutskoi during the coup in 1993

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite in fotobabble of a special squad of the interior Ministry of the Russian Federation «alpha» control the entrance to the building of the Supreme Soviet in October 1993, Archival photoStepashin told a meeting with Rutskoi during the coup in 1993© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite the image Bank

Participant in the events of autumn 1993 in Moscow, Sergei Stepashin told RIA Novosti that they did not feel fear during negotiations with one of the leaders of the protest against the President and the reforms of Alexander Rutskoi, and the understanding that the meeting could result in physical elimination came later.

The constitutional crisis of 1993 was a continuation of the confrontation the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin and his supporters with opponents of reformist politicians led by Vice President Alexander Rutskoi and Chairman of the Supreme Council Ruslan Khasbulatov. Political disputes escalated into armed clashes in downtown Moscow, the assault of Ostankino television center and city hall, as well as the introduction of military equipment and the firing of the White house. According to various sources, the victims of «black October» was about 160 people.

«Honestly, I never thought about it then,» said Stepashin, answering a question, whether terribly to see Rutskoi during the coup.

He explained that two days were in the Supreme Council when the events unfolded, 1993, and addressed the Congress of deputies, stressing that one should not attempt to involve the army in this conflict. The politician added that after the speech he has removed from itself powers of the Chairman of the Supreme Council Committee for defense and security, and left, after which he was appointed first Deputy Minister of security, who was assigned to work with the deputies.

«Now I understand «slapped» would be five seconds, but then was not felt. I met with Rutskoi on the third day after he became Deputy Minister of security. I was later told when I left after meeting that Rutskova asked why he had not removed», — shared memories Stepashin.

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