For me, this is ambiguous. I am slightly autistic which doesn't help either!Putin said: "As soon as the coup began, I immediately decided which side I was on", although he also noted that the choice was hard because he had spent the best part of his life with "the organs".
R. Sakwa Putin: Russia's Choice, p. 11
Did Putin support the coup and resign because he knew the USSR was finished, or did he do so, not wanting to be part of the new regime?
Did he support Yeltsin, Gorbachev or the hardliners who instigated the coup?
My knowledge of Putin's early career and his motives are murky so any help would be much appreciated.