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In 1989, the world saw the fall of the United Soviet Socialist Republic (U.S.S.R.), which was also known as the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was a block of 15 Communist Eastern European states that was ruled by one government with various puppet governments located throughout the states. Its collapse brought about new issues that the world had never had to deal with before. The fall of such a large block of Soviet states created many problems and some of the solutions that were used to solve these problems, as well as many of the tensions that were created during this time, still affect the world today. Some of the ramifications resulting from the Soviet Union’s collapse are still being felt; however, many problems have been solved since the initial break in 1989.
The Soviet Union first began to dismantle when Mikhail Gorbachev became its President in 1985. When Mikhail Gorbachev took over, he faced an economy in shambles and a country in need of reform. In his efforts to stimulate the economy and make it prosperous, he introduced two policies: Glasnost and Perestroika. Glasnost …
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