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  • Gorbachev
  • Failed Coup
  • August 19, 1991
  • This is a coup d'eat! It is to stop the reform initiative and prevent the collapse of the USSR.
  • Coalition of conservative figures
  • Meanwhile...
  • I am the true champion of democratic values and Russian national interest!
  • Yeltsin
  • The Soviet Union collapses
  • Ukraine
  • Yeltsin
  • I declare the formation of a loosely structured entity, called Commonwealth of Independent States, to replace the Soviet Union.
  • Belorussia (Belarus)
  • Yeltsin
  • I Commit to Western-style democracy and market economic reform, marking a radical turn from Soviet past.
  • Boo! That reform produced severe and unpopular economic repercussions because traditional economic patterns were disrupted.
  • Parliament its self mirrored popular skepticism in its hesitancy to embrace the radical reform project. The executive and legislative branches of government failed to reach a general consensus on the nature of a new Russian Constitution; the result was a bloody showdown in October 1993.
  • Yeltsin
  • I disband this obstructive parliament and lay siege to this premise. I mandate new elections and a constitutional reform. This constitution although adopted by a narrow margin of voters will put in place a set of institutions marked by a powerful president and a relatively weak parliament,
  • And then... Russia happens.
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