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True Crime. Five years after revolutionary Bolsheviks overthrew the Russian czar and established a socialist state, Russia joined with its neighbors on December 30, , to form the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics under its first leader, Vladimir Lenin. The communist power had been on its sickbed for several years when the year-old Gorbachev came to power in Hidden behind the Iron Curtain was a decaying empire with a stagnant economy that had fallen behind the West.
Mikhail gorbachev airs about his resignation, december 27, Gorbachev believed reform was necessary for survival, and he brought desperate actions to the desperate times. The changes made Gorbachev popular abroad, but opinions of him fell at home as the USSR struggled through the transformation.
The reforms enacted by Gorbachev set the stage for a series of mostly bloodless revolutions that swept through the Soviet satellite countries of Eastern Europe in As the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet leader chose not to order a military response. Increasingly, Gorbachev was being puled in two different directions by democrats who wanted even greater freedoms and autonomy for the republics and conservatives who wanted to end the reforms that they believed were breaking the union apart.
Bust of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin at an exhibition.
In March , the USSR held a public referendum to determine whether the union should be preserved or dissolved. More than three-quarters of voters wanted the USSR to endure, but six republics abstained from voting altogether.
In spite of the results, the referendum did little to stop the fracturing of the country. Yeltsin and other democrats continued to push Gorbachev to introduce more radical reforms, and the Soviet president negotiated a treaty that decentralized power from the central government to the republics. Communist hard-liners in the government and the military had seen enough.
On August 18, , they placed Gorbachev under house arrest at his vacation villa in Crimea. While tanks rumbled through Moscow, thousands poured into the city streets to link hands in human chains and build barricades to protect the Russian Parliament, known as the White House.