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The Former Soviet Union

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    The life of the Soviet Union

  • Civil War

    Civil War
    Bolsheviks (reds) vs. Anti-Bolsheviks (whites) Lenin leads the reds
  • Collectivization of the USSR

    Collectivization of the USSR
    Russia + Ukraine + Belarus + Transcaucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) = The Soviet Union
  • Stalin Leads

    Stalin Leads
    Stalin siezes power after Lenin dies
  • 5 Year Plan

    Collectivize agriculture and sieze land/set goals for economy
  • League of Nations

    League of Nations
    USSR is admitted into the League of Nations
  • WW II

    WW II
    USSR signs non aggression pact with Germany, Germany invades Poland (triggers WW II). USSR later invades Poland.
  • USSR & Japan

    Sign non aggression pact. Later, Germany invades USSR
  • Germany Fails

    Germany unable to take Stalingrad and have to retreat. USSR launches offensive and takes Berlin
  • War is Over

    War is Over
    WW II comes to a close, and the USSR & US feel tensions with out a common enemy
  • The First Flare Up

    The First Flare Up
    USSR puts up the Berlin blockade-US and Britian counter with a two year airlift of supplies into East Berlin
  • Nukes

    USSR explodes its first nuke
  • 2nd Flare Up

    2nd Flare Up
    Korean War breaks out. US vs. Communism
  • Death of Stalin

    Death of Stalin
    Stalin dies and Nikita Krushchev is put into power. He later denounces Stalin's actions. USSR explodes its first hydrogen bomb.
  • Space Race

    Space Race
    First-ever artificial earth satellite, Sputnik, orbits the earth-leads to a full on space race
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    Missils planted in Cuba by the USSR. Tensions are high between the USSR and US.
  • No more nukes :(

    Soviet Union joins the US and Britain in signing a treaty banning atmospheric nuclear tests; US-Soviet "hot line" set up.
  • Brezhnev comes into Power

    Brezhnev comes into Power
    Khrushchev is replaced as first secretary of the Communist Party by Leonid Brezhnev (later elected into presidential position)
  • Detente

    USSR and US sign Salt 1 to limit arms. Start of the "thaw"
  • No more thaw

    No more thaw
    Soviet Union and US sign SALT-2 agreement; Soviet troops invade Afghanistan ending the thaw
  • Death of Brezhnev

    Death of Brezhnev
    Brezhnev dies and is replaced by KGB chief Yuri Andropov, but two years later Andropov dies and replaced by Konstantin Chernenko, but he only lasts a year before dropping dead. Mikhail Gorbachev is in power
  • Explosion

    Chernobyl nuclear power station explodes, showering large areas in Ukraine, Belarus and beyond with radioactive material
  • Decline!

    Soviet troops leave Afghanistan, Lithuanian Communist Party declares its independence from the Soviet Communist Party
  • Death of the Soviet Union

    Death of the Soviet Union
    Communist Party votes to end one-party rule; Gorbachev opposes independence of Baltic states. Yeltsin elected president of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
  • Crumbling

    Yeltsin bans the Soviet Communist Party in Russia and seizes its assets; Yeltsin recognises the independence of the Baltic republics; Ukraine, followed by other republics, declares itself independent.
  • The End.

    The End.
    September - Congress of People's Deputies votes for the dissolution of the Soviet Union. 1991 25 December - Gorbachev resigns as Soviet president; US recognises independence of remaining Soviet republics. 1991 26 December - Russian government takes over offices of USSR in Russia.