Russia - Russia after the U.S.S.R I have chosen to look at Russia shortly after the breakup of the U.S.S.R while reading through book after book I

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Russia after the U.S.S.R.    I have chosen to look at Russia shortly after the breakup of the U.S.S.R.  while reading through book after book I noticed that one name stood out in  the first few years of history after the U.S.S.R., Yeltsin.  So this report will  be based on Yeltsin’s effect on the politics and the economy of the country  after the breakup that he caused. To begin following Russia’s recovery after the United Soviet Socialist  Republic fell during December of 1992 we must first understand what led to  the USSR’s eventual downfall.  One of the largest things to affect this group  of countries was indeed the effect that the Cold War had on the people, the  environment and worse yet the leaders of each individual country in the  republic.     The   Cold   War   led   to   the   communists   taking   a   less   violent  approach to problems within their own countries which in turn allowed the  people who would oppose the communist regimes to take over.  By the time  1989   rolled   around   many   of   the   other   countries   that   were   fully  industrialized were way ahead of the USSR in everything but military 
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weapons, the USSR was failing and not just in this area, their economy was  failing, and so was their leadership.  By the end of 1989 the only country  that was still under communist rule was Albania when every country that  was originally part of the communist law brought about by the USSR was  still under their rule at the beginning of 1989.  Gorbachev wanted to stop  the degradation of the USSR at the very least, fearing that if things were  left to the way they were now they may have stumbled into a third world war  with the USA.   So he tried to bring about reform, he wanted a market  economy thinking that although it wouldn’t be very much like capitalism it  could save the country’s economy.   The economy was one of the biggest  factors in the downfall of the USSR, “Nevertheless, the Soviet Union faced  daunting problems that defied easy solutions. Perhaps none was greater  than a stagnating economy” Events that changed Russia since 1855  pg 189.  In the end though, for all of his reforms the new leader, Yeltsin decided that  the USSR would be no more on the night of Dec. 25 1991.    Shortly after this had happened Yeltsin took power and he had to show to  all of Russia that he could indeed create a better economy, society and  overall a better Russia all around.   So first things first how did this new 
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Russia’s economy work and did it in the end succeed?  Well at first Russia’s 
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This note was uploaded on 07/13/2008 for the course HIST 456 taught by Professor Graves during the Spring '08 term at Eastern Michigan University.

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Russia - Russia after the U.S.S.R I have chosen to look at Russia shortly after the breakup of the U.S.S.R while reading through book after book I

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