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The Soviet Union's collapse into independent nations began in earnest in 1985. After years of Soviet military buildup at the expense of domestic development, economic growth was at a standstill. Failed attempts at reform and a stagnant economy led to a general feeling of discontent, especially in the Baltic republics and Eastern Europe. Greater political and social freedoms, instituted by the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, created an atmosphere of open criticism of the Moscow regime.
Why would Gorbachev do such a thing, to dismantle his own country, knowing that there would be dangers in the road?
And also, how is it that the United States was so lucky to not go through these same economic problems as Russia did? Was it because of the well planned economic budgeting the U.S. does annually?
I am sure the U.S. was quite so happy when they realized the USSR was collapsing, wouldn't you agree?
Originally posted by Cthulwho
Resistor, if the US was instrumental in creating the USSR, to socialize the west, howcome the US and others intervened in the Russian civil war to help the white army? Or were they just pretending?