The death of long-time Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev two days later Yuri Andropov is selected as the new general secretary of the Communist Party.
Andropov dies/ Chernerko leader
Chernerko capping his rapid rise through the Communist Party hierarchy, Mikhail Gorbachev was selected as the new general secretary, leader of the Soviet Union following the death of Konstantin Chernenko the day before.
Chernerko dies/ Gorbachev leader
Chernenko died after less than a year in office. Gorbachev had outlived his only serious competition, and he was selected to become the new leader of the Soviet Union.
Perestroyka/ Glasnost begin
Perestroika was a political movement for reformation within the Communist Party. And is widely associated with Soviet leaderMikhail Gorbachev and his glasnost.
Gorbachev elected president
Gorbachev elected president of the Soviet Union. The Congress of People's Deputies elects General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev as the new president of the Soviet Union
USSR leaves Afghanistan
Soviet troops entered Afghanistan in an attempt to bolster the communist. The pro-Soviet government threatened USSR by internal rebellion which began a frustrating military conflict with Afghanistan Muslim rebels and the USSR which made the soviet troops leave Afghanistan.