It has been thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Its legacies are still present in the political, social, and ideological landscape of today’s Russia and the former Soviet republics. Today’s confrontation between Russia and the West is commonly seen through the prism of the Cold War in which the U.S.-led capitalist world was engaged in an existential struggle with the socialist world led by the Soviet Union. In this video, we talk about what the Soviet Union was and how an attempt to reform it ended in its disintegration.
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