The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.
Gorbachex wins Nobel peace prize
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending Cold War tensions.
USSR ends/ now Russia
The Soviet Union Socialist Republics was a socialist state in Eurasia that existed from December 26th 1991 to December 30th 1922.
Crackdown in baltic states
Lithuania has charged 66 citizens of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine with war crimes and crimes against humanity over the deaths of 13 civilians in a Soviet crackdown.
Yeltsin served as the president of Russia from 1991 until 1999 he was also a Communist Party member for much of his life, and played an instrumental role in the collapse of the Soviet Union. Three days after it began, the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
Soviet military coup/ Gorbachev resigns. Yeltzin takes over.
Putnin takes charge
In between his presidential terms he was also the Prime Minister of Russia under his close associate Dmitry Medvedev. Putin was born in Leningrad during the Soviet Union. Putin announced he would seek a third term as president.