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Russia is an independent state
Gerontocracy causes young Russians to lose faith in communism, and negatively impacts the economy
The Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania demand independence
Boris Yeltsin declares that Russia is an independent state
I am no longer president of the USSR
The head of the KGB staged a coup while Gorbachev was vacationing, and tried to convince the public that Gorbachev had stepped down. However, nobody believed him
The Baltic States officially declare independence from the USSR. Independence is officially recognized on Sep. 6, 1991
Yeltsin becomes Prime Minister, Gorbachev resigns as President, and as of Dec. 31, 1991, the USSR is officially dead
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