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The Historic Fall Of The Soviet Union Is Captured As It Happened In This Equally Historic 1991 Television Documentary Series Employing Exclusive Interviews With The Very Men Involved On Both Sides Of The Issue Combined With Wide-Ranging And Specific, Moment-By-Moment Video Coverage Of Events As They Unfolded, PLUS 3 Extra Special Documentary Features: 1) "Anatomy Of A Coup", 2) "After The Coup: Travels With Richard Blystone" And 3) "America's Defense Monitor: Marshal Akhromeyev Goes To Washington" On Future Coup Conspirator Akhromeyev's 1989 Visit To Washington DC, All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS In An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality 6 Disc All Regions Format DVD Set! #SecondRussianRevolution #DeclineAndCollapseOfTheSovietUnion #DeclineAndCollapseOfTheUSSR #RevolutionsOf1989 #FallOfNations #AutumnOfNations #DissolutionOfTheSovietUnion #The1991SovietCoup #AugustCoup #AugustPutsch #StateCommitteeOnTheStateOfEmergency #GKChP #MikhailGorbachev #CommunistPartyOfTheSovietUnion #CentralCommitteeOfTheCommunistPartyOfTheSovietUnion #SupremeSovietOfTheSovietUnion #Communism #SovietCommunism #Moscow #SovietUnion #SovietHistory #HistoryOfTheSovietUnion #USSR #USSRHistory #HistoryOfTheUSSR #RevolutionaryWaves #RevolutionaryDecades #Latvia #RepublicOfLatvia #ThirdAwakening #SingingRevolution #LatvianIndependenceMovement #MP4 #VideoDownload #DVD
* October 26, 2019: Updated With "After The Coup: Travels With Richard Blystone"!
* May 10, 2022: Updated With "America's Defense Monitor: Marshal Akhromeyev Goes To Washington"!
Epi. 1: Enter Gorbachev (47 Minutes)
Epi. 2: Battle For Glasnost (47 Minutes)
Epi. 3: The Yeltzin File (47 Minutes)
Epi. 4: Revolution From Below (47 Minutes)
Epi. 5: Breaking Ranks (47 Minutes)
Bonus Feature: America's Defense Monitor: Marshal Akhromeyev Goes To Washington (29 Minutes)
Epi. 6a: End Of The Beginning (First Series Run Version: 72 Minutes)
Epi. 6b: End Of The Beginning (Second Series Run Version: 47 Minutes)
Epi. 7: Countdown To A Coup (Present Only In Second Run Of Series / 47 Minutes)
Epi. 8: Coup (Present Only In Second Run Of Series / 47 Minutes)
Bonus Feature: Anatomy Of A Coup (47 Minutes)
Bonus Feature: After The Coup: Travels With Richard Blystone (Wed. 12/16/91 3:30 PM ET) (22 Minutes)
The Decline And Collapse Of The Soviet Union occurred from 1982 through 1991 and spans the period from Leonid Brezhnev's death and funeral until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Due to the years of Soviet military buildup at the expense of domestic development, and complex systemic problems in the command economy, Soviet output stagnated. Failed attempts at reform, a standstill economy, and the success of the proxies of the United States against the Soviet Union's forces in the war in Afghanistan led to a general feeling of discontent, especially in the Baltic republics and Eastern Europe. Greater political and social freedoms, instituted by the last Soviet leader and General Secretary, Mikhail Gorbachev, created an atmosphere of open criticism of the communist regime, and also perestroika. The dramatic drop of the price of oil in 1985 and 1986 profoundly influenced actions of the Soviet leadership. Nikolai Tikhonov, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, was succeeded by Nikolai Ryzhkov, and Vasili Kuznetsov, the acting Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, was succeeded by Andrei Gromyko, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs. Several republics began resisting central control, and increasing democratization led to a weakening of the central government. The Soviet Union finally collapsed in 1991 when Boris Yeltsin seized power in the aftermath of a failed coup that had attempted to topple reform-minded Gorbachev.