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Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Moscow, August 19, 1991

My first visit to the USSR coincided with the beginning of its end. Having gone into the centre of Moscow to finish a roll of film on this day, I found myself scrambling for more film as history unfolded itself around me. I didn't speak any Russian then, and had to ask others in the crowd what was going on. "Gorbachev's been taken ill," I was told.

I don't consider myself a strong journalist, but this was an event which required the role, so I photographed what I could. More to follow from these frames later.

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