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Collapse of the Soviet Union

  • Death of Leonid Brezhnev

    Death of Leonid Brezhnev
    After the death of Brezhnev, his next two sucessors each dies after only a year in office. The Soviet Union is forced to find new leadership.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev Elected Soviet Leader

    Mikhail Gorbachev Elected Soviet Leader
    Gorbachev becomes the youngest leader of the Soviet Union since Stalin. His reforms make the Soviet Union a more open society.
  • Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
    Realizing the Soviet Union can no longer afford a costly arms race with the United States, Gorbachev signs the INF Treaty.
  • Lithuania Declares Independence

    Lithuania Declares Independence
    In response to the declaration of independence, Gorbachev orders a violent crackdown that results in the death of unarmed civilians.
  • The August Coup Begins

    The August Coup Begins
    Hardliners detain Gorbachev and demand he resign.
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    The August Coup

    Although the coup does not succeed, it greatly destabilised the Soviet Union.
  • The End of the Soviet Union

    The End of the Soviet Union
    Gorbachev resigns and the Soviet Union ceases to exist.