The Unavoidable Collapse of the Soviet Union Introduction When the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed in December 1991, decades of warning signs came to an end, in built- in systemic defects, external factors, and matters of ordinary human impatience and disaffection. At a first glance it may be difficult to imagine an enormous, ‘closed’ country where forced practices very much led to citizen dissent that could not be expressed freely. The world public watched in amazement as the USSR fell into fifteen separate republics. However, the people of the USSR were not so surprised, being painfully aware of many large general (systemic), economic, political and other issues that the Soviet rulers had under- evaluated or failed...The end:
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