• World War II veteran Lev Yatsevich, center, and Sergei Perminov, 65, left, both of whom turned up to oppose a hard-line Soviet coup in August 1991, greet each other during an event mark the 25th anniversary of the first day of the failed coup outside the Russian White House parliament building in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. The defeat of the coup, which came several days later, setting in motion the dissolution of the Soviet Union, is widely regarded as a triumph of democracy in Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russia marks 25 years since failed Soviet coup

    MOSCOW (AP) — Several dozen Russians gathered on Friday for a protest reunion to mark the 25th anniversary of a coup attempt which heralded the demise of the Soviet Union, a holiday ignored in official circles because of its revolutionary, anti-establishment nature.