collapse of the soviet union By ella-ella Mar 4, 1912 Creation of Russia The Soviet Union breaks into 15 independent republics with Russia being the largest. Dec 25, 1979 Soviets Invade Afganistan n 1979 the Soviets invade Afganistan. Ten years later, Soviets withdraw with defeat. Nov 10, 1982 Soviet Unions leader, Leonid Brezhnev, dies The former leader of the Soviet Union dies. reformers in the country begin to make political and economical changes. May 16, 1985 gorbachev, glasnost and perestroika. gorbachev becomes the leader of the soviet union. he introduces the program glasnots and perestroika to help rebuilt the soviet union's economy. Dec 10, 1986 two activists are releasted form prision gorbachev released the two achtivists who had been imprisioned for denouncing the inivation of afganistan. Mar 4, 1988 Congres of People's Deputies allows privat Ownership Soviet Union allows privat ownership of buisness. The Congress of People's Deputies replaces the old Supreme Soviet. Jun 12, 1990 Boris Yeltin quits comunist party. Boris Yeltin becomes the President of the Russian Republic. He surprises everyone by quiting the comunist party. Dec 25, 1991 Soviet Union is no more. A group of hard-line communist had a failed coup. Yeltin defends Gorbachev. A new alliance is made to replace the Soviet Union. Gorbachev resigns on Christmas. The Soviet Union is no more.