On December 8th, 1991, the three leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus signed the document which marked the end of the Soviet empire. The fate of the great conglomerate country was decided in less than 24 hours. It happened in secret in a remote residence in the Belavezha forest. Soon the agreement entered the history as the Belavezha Accords
Soviet Files - Three Days in August
On August 19th, 1991 not a single Soviet citizen who switched on the TV in the morning could understand what was going on. Instead of the usual programs it was broadcasting Tchaikovsky's ballet. The same day, the tanks were brought into the USSR's capital... Find out how the coup emerged in August 1991 - RT's new documentary recreates the events of those three days which changed the country's history.
Perestroika - From Re-Building to Collapse
Perestroika, which literally means "restructuring", was the difficult time of political and economic reform in the USSR. The reforms were introduced in June 1987 by the new Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He and his supporters were doing everything they could, but the new economic measures were not working. They could distribute goods, but they couldn't turn a profit. Soviet people were suffering - there was no money and food shortages in shops. It ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.