USSR: What Happened?

Yes, I do like to take a look back at history…..it is interesting to see how a simple decision could have possibility changed everything.

Take the fall of the Soviet Union….the propaganda would have us all believe that it was Reagan and his mindless spending that helped the demise of the USSR.  That is a good story but there is more to the fall that some simple propaganda…..

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Communist Party, relives the last days of the USSR…..

There is one moment — a single decision — that some people still hold against Mikhail Gorbachev today, 20 years later.

Gorbachev, the last leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and last president of the Soviet Union, his wife and his closest confidants had survived the attempted coup by the KGB, the military leadership and the interior minister. They returned to Moscow from their house arrest at Gorbachev’s vacation home in the Crimean resort of Foros. Their plane landed in the capital at 2:15 a.m., local time, on August 22, 1991.

Source: The Gorbachev Files: Secret Papers Reveal Truth Behind Soviet Collapse – SPIEGEL ONLINE

There seems to always be more to the story than we are told…..

More on the fall of the USSR….

Three minutes after seven in the morning on August 19, I got a phone call from Ed Salazar, one of my political officers, asking if I had been listening to the radio. The radio had just broadcast the news that Mikhail Gorbachev had given up his office as president of the Soviet Union to Gennady Yanayev and that they had formed a committee on what they called an “extraordinary situation” and that Mr. Gorbachev was at rest in his dacha down in Foros in the Crimea.

Everybody assumed this meant they were trying to remove Gorbachev. This was the middle of the night in Washington, and so I suppose the initial government reaction from the United States was that of the embassy. Our own initial reaction was a degree of shock, because no one frankly expected this. There was also a degree of uncertainty about just what was going on because the announcement was made and nothing happened for a couple of hours. There were no military personnel to be seen—nobody showed up for a couple of hours. There were no tanks on the streets until later that morning. So nobody quite understood what was going on except what was on the radio and the fact that they had been making these announcements.

Source: Fall of the Soviet Union—The Inside Story – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

There are those alive today that know very little about the USSR….but a look into the reasons and events that lead to the downfall could very well be a learning moment for the world…..

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5 thoughts on “USSR: What Happened?

  1. It is interesting how many people who lived in the former Soviet Union still regret the fall of the old system. It worked well for a large part of the population after WW2.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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