The last days of the USSR.


Exactly a quarter of a century ago, in the 20s of December 1991, the USSR ceased to exist. The exact date of the end of the USSR is called December 26, 1991, when the Supreme Soviet of the USSR officially ceased to exist and announced the creation of the CIS, but in fact the important events in the end of the USSR took place all of December 1991, and on December 26 a formal end was put.
Under the cut - a small photo story about the last days of the USSR, which was not exactly a quarter of a century ago.
02. The end of November 1991, two girls look at a monument fallen during the August protests, painted graffiti. These days it was already clear that the existence of the USSR remains a matter of weeks.

03. On December 8, 1991, Boris Yeltsin and the heads of 11 former Soviet republics, and now independent states, sign an agreement on the creation of the Union of Independent States (CIS), this happened in Moscow.

04. On December 14, 1991, a congress of the Movement for Democratic Reforms was held in Moscow, at which issues of further independent life of the former Soviet republics were discussed.In the photo - Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR and the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU of Georgia.

05. In December 1991, many demonstrations took place in Moscow, this photo was taken on December 15, participants of the rally for the preservation of the USSR were depicted on it, the inscriptions on the posters - “Yeltsinism is war”, “Yeltsinism is dictatorship”.

06. And these are the participants of the pro-Yeltsin demonstration, photo mid-December. In those days, Yeltsin was perceived as a hero and a real democrat. Before the introduction of troops into Chechnya, exactly three years remain.

07. On December 25, 1991, the first and last President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev announced the termination of his activities in this post "for reasons of principle". Picture taken December 26 - on this day, the USSR Supreme Soviet adopted a declaration on the termination of the existence of the USSR in connection with the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

02. The Russian tricolor was raised instead of the red flag over the Senate Palace of the Moscow Kremlin.

On the streets of cities was ordinary life.

I remember in 1991 my older brother Misha told me that “now Minsk will be the capital”. For some reason, I remember some bright and calm face of Gorbachev from the TV reports of those days.
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