The collapse of the Soviet Empire was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century

Putin once said The collapse of the Soviet Empire was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century, and many academics agree with him.

What made it a geopolitical catastrophe?

The collapse of the Soviet Union left some 20-30 million Russians outside the borders of the Russian Federation. The largest group of the Russian populations were in Kazakhstan. According to Wikipedia Some 20 to 30 million ethnic Russians are estimated to live outside the bounds of the Russian Federation (depending on the definition of “ethnicity”)

The failure of the 1991 August Coup, when communist hardliners and military elites tried to overthrow Gorbachev and stop the failing reforms.

The American Version: The collapse of the Soviet empire.

The unsuccessful August 1991 coup against Gorbachev sealed the fate of the Soviet Union. Planned by hard-line Communists, the coup diminished Gorbachev’s power and propelled Yeltsin and the democratic forces to the forefront of Soviet and Russian politics. [STATE]

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