History Of The Cold War No, You Can't Go Back To Leningrad - the Fall of the USSR The Communist governments of Eastern Europe had been overthrown. U.S.-Soviet relations had never been better, and the Soviet Union itself was embracing democratic ideals. Gorbachev still hoped to keep the Soviet Union intact. This was becoming increasingly difficult. The CPSU had, generally, not done a very good job over the years and had failed to deliver on many of its promises. Its authority and its ideology was what kept the Soviet Union together. Now, its authority was being challenged and its ideology was discredited. People were disillusioned with communism. The various Soviet Republics, previously in thrall to Moscow, gained more freedom from the Central Government and quickly decided they liked this freedom. The republics, especially the Baltic states, now wanted full independence. Gorbachev's own insistance on political freedom now saw him quickly losing control of the Soviet Union to nationalist leaders such as Boris Yeltsin. Gorbachev
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