The number of so-called defenders of the White House in history will remain forever a very rough estimate. There were about 400 people in the building who had a large number of small arms, including assault rifles and machine guns. Some buildings on the makeshift barricades gathered, by various estimates, from 5 to 50 thousand people. These are the figures given by various bodies of the investigation by persons to be questioned in connection with the events of those days. 'Democrats', usually exaggerating the number of defenders, but by the Emergency Committee faces tended to underestimate. KGB officers sent in those days to estimate the size of the White House defenders in order to prepare the possible use of force, defined it in 15-20 thousand. People. But some naked figures anything by themselves mean. Hundreds of thousands of workers and employees of Moscow, passively sitting at the enterprises and do not fulfill orders the mayor's office, did not go to any comparison with the tens of thousands of active opponents of the Emergency Committee, which from morning to night, surrounded by columns of armored vehicles, fed and watered the soldiers, urging them to go to the side people. Prostitutes, who have tasted the beauty of freedom of the trade, were willing to sacrifice themselves on the altar of the fatherland. Cropped burly with cans in their hands for nothing poured into plastic cups of vodka, all under inflame cries: 'coup plotters on trial!', 'Emergency Committee to the gallows!', 'Fascism will not pass ", etc. have the vital spirit in the air.. impunity. The police were not in sight, she seemed to evaporate. People already knew that Yeltsin guaranteed them legal protection and moral support.