Timeline on the Disintegration of the USSR: Infographic

Opne of the major events of the last century was the dissolution of the USSR. Not only did it lead to the demise of the other superpower but also ended up creating a bunch of new countries. Though militarily Russia is still a superpower economically and politically its power has diminished with the collapse of the USSR. Kristyna Foltynova at RadioFreeEurope/Radio Liberty recently posted an excellent infographic noting the important events leading to the demise of the USSR. A short excerpt from that infographic:

On December 25, 1991, the Soviet Union ceased to exist as a sovereign state. Its collapse was gradual and, some would say, even inevitable. Here are some major milestones in the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., which put 15 new countries on the map.

How Did It Start?

The Soviet Union was once the largest country in the world, covering more than 22 million square kilometers. It consisted of 15 Soviet socialist republics but was highly centralized for most of its history. Although the U.S.S.R.’s official language was Russian, more than 200 other languages and dialects were spoken, and it was home to more than 290 million people of various ethnicities.

According to some, the dissolution of the Soviet Union began when its last leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, came to power and introduced reforms that were aimed at ensuring more democracy and economic prosperity. There were others, however, who also played a significant role in the last days of the U.S.S.R.

 

See the complete infographic at the RFE/RL site here.

Source: The Undoing Of The U.S.S.R.: How It Happened, RFE/RL

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