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The violent revolution marked the end of the Romanov dynasty and centuries of Russian Imperial rule. During the Russian Revolution, the Bolsheviks, led by leftist This Day In History. Russia Has A-Bomb. Russia, in many measures the poorest nation in Europe at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, now industrialized at a phenomenal rate, far surpassing Germany's pace of industrialization in the 19th century and Japan's earlier in the 20th century.
While the Five-Year Plans were forging ahead, Stalin was establishing his personal power.
The NKVD gathered in tens of thousands of Soviet citizens to face arrest, deportation , or execution. Of the six original members of the Politburo who survived Lenin, all were purged by Stalin. Old Bolsheviks who had been loyal comrades of Lenin, high officers in the Red Army, and directors of industry were liquidated in the Great Purges. Stalin's repressions led to the creation of a vast system of internal exile , of considerably greater dimensions than those set up in the past by the tsars.
The labor provided by convicts working in the labor camps of the Gulag system became an important component of the industrialization effort, especially in Siberia. The Soviet Union viewed the accession of fervently anti-Communist Hitler 's government to power in Germany with great alarm from the onset, especially since Hitler proclaimed the Drang nach Osten as one of the major objectives in his vision of the German strategy of Lebensraum. In Germany annexed Austria and, together with major Western European powers, signed the Munich Agreement following which Germany, Hungary and Poland divided parts of Czechoslovakia between themselves.
German plans for further eastward expansion, as well as the lack of resolve from Western powers to oppose it, became more apparent. Despite the Soviet Union strongly opposing the Munich deal and repeatedly reaffirming its readiness to militarily back commitments given earlier to Czechoslovakia, the Western Betrayal led to the end of Czechoslovakia and further increased fears in the Soviet Union of a coming German attack. This led the Soviet Union to rush the modernization of its military industry and to carry out its own diplomatic maneuvers. On 17 September , sixteen days after the start of World War II and with the victorious Germans having advanced deep into Polish territory, the Red Army invaded eastern Poland , stating as justification the "need to protect Ukrainians and Belarusians" there, after the "cessation of existence" of the Polish state.
In the meantime negotiations with Finland over a Soviet-proposed land swap that would redraw the Soviet-Finnish border further away from Leningrad failed, and in December the USSR invaded Finland, beginning a campaign known as the Winter War — At the same time, the Soviet Union also occupied the three formerly independent Baltic states Estonia , Latvia and Lithuania.
The peace with Germany was tense, as both sides were preparing for the military conflict,   and abruptly ended when the Axis forces led by Germany swept across the Soviet border on 22 June By the autumn the German army had seized Ukraine , laid a siege of Leningrad , and threatened to capture the capital , Moscow, itself.
However, two major German defeats in Stalingrad and Kursk proved decisive and reversed the course of the entire World War as the Germans never regained the strength to sustain their offensive operations and the Soviet Union recaptured the initiative for the rest of the conflict. Soviet forces drove into eastern Germany, capturing Berlin in May Some 1, towns and 70, settlements were destroyed.
Collaboration among the major Allies had won the war and was supposed to serve as the basis for postwar reconstruction and security. However, the conflict between Soviet and U. The Cold War emerged from a conflict between Stalin and U. The foremost objectives of Soviet foreign policy were the maintenance and enhancement of national security and the maintenance of hegemony over Eastern Europe. The Soviet Union maintained its dominance over the Warsaw Pact through crushing the Hungarian Revolution of ,  suppressing the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia in , and supporting the suppression of the Solidarity movement in Poland in the early s.
Less powerful countries had more room to assert their independence, and the two superpowers were partially able to recognize their common interest in trying to check the further spread and proliferation of nuclear weapons in treaties such as SALT I , SALT II , and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union in , Russia lost the superpower status that it had won in the Second World War.
In the power struggle that erupted after Stalin's death in , his closest followers lost out. Nikita Khrushchev solidified his position in a speech before the Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party in detailing Stalin's atrocities. In Khrushchev was impeached by the Communist Party's Central Committee, charging him with a host of errors that included Soviet setbacks such as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The world's first nuclear power plant was established in in Obninsk , and the Baikal Amur Mainline was built. The Soviet space program , founded by Sergey Korolev , was especially successful. On 4 October Soviet Union launched the first space satellite Sputnik. More recently, the Soviet Union produced the world's first space station, Salyut which in was replaced by Mir , the first consistently inhabited long-term space station, that served from to While all modernized economies were rapidly moving to computerization after , the USSR fell further and further behind.
Moscow's decision to copy the IBM of proved a decisive mistake for it locked scientists into an antiquated system they were unable to improve. They had enormous difficulties in manufacturing the necessary chips reliably and in quantity, in programming workable and efficient programs, in coordinating entirely separate operations, and in providing support to computer users.
One of the greatest strengths of Soviet economy was its vast supplies of oil and gas; world oil prices quadrupled in the —74, and rose again in —, making the energy sector the chief driver of the Soviet economy, and was used to cover multiple weaknesses. At one point, Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin told the head of oil and gas production, "things are bad with bread.
Give me 3 million tons [of oil] over the plan.
Two developments dominated the decade that followed: the increasingly apparent crumbling of the Soviet Union's economic and political structures, and the patchwork attempts at reforms to reverse that process. After the rapid succession of former KGB Chief Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko , transitional figures with deep roots in Brezhnevite tradition, Mikhail Gorbachev implemented perestroika in an attempt to modernize Soviet communism, and made significant changes in the party leadership. His policy of glasnost facilitated public access to information after decades of government repression, and social problems received wider public attention, undermining the Communist Party's authority.
Glasnost allowed ethnic and nationalist disaffection to reach the surface, [ citation needed ] and many constituent republics, especially the Baltic republics , Georgian SSR and Moldavian SSR , sought greater autonomy, which Moscow was unwilling to provide. Gorbachev's attempts at economic reform were not sufficient, and the Soviet government left intact most of the fundamental elements of communist economy. Suffering from low pricing of petroleum and natural gas, the ongoing war in Afghanistan , and outdated industry and pervasive corruption, the Soviet planned economy proved to be ineffective, and by the Soviet government had lost control over economic conditions.
Due to price control , there were shortages of almost all products, reaching their peak in the end of , when people had to stand in long lines and were lucky to buy even the essentials. Control over the constituent republics was also relaxed, and they began to assert their national sovereignty over Moscow. At last Gorbachev attempted to restructure the Soviet Union into a less centralized state.
However, on 19 August , a coup against Gorbachev , conspired by senior Soviet officials, was attempted. The coup faced wide popular opposition and collapsed in three days, but disintegration of the Union became imminent. The Russian government took over most of the Soviet Union government institutions on its territory.
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Because of the dominant position of Russians in the Soviet Union, most gave little thought to any distinction between Russia and the Soviet Union before the late s. In the Soviet Union, only Russian SFSR lacked even the paltry instruments of statehood that the other republics possessed, such as its own republic-level Communist Party branch, trade union councils, Academy of Sciences , and the like.
However, as the Soviet government was still opposed to market reforms, the economic situation continued to deteriorate. By December , the shortages had resulted in the introduction of food rationing in Moscow and Saint Petersburg for the first time since World War II. Russia received humanitarian food aid from abroad. Prices rose dramatically, but shortages disappeared.
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Although Yeltsin came to power on a wave of optimism, he never recovered his popularity after endorsing Yegor Gaidar 's " shock therapy " of ending Soviet-era price controls, drastic cuts in state spending, and an open foreign trade regime in early see Russian economic reform in the s. The reforms immediately devastated the living standards of much of the population. In the s Russia suffered an economic downturn that was, in some ways, more severe than the United States or Germany had undergone six decades earlier in the Great Depression.
Meanwhile, the profusion of small parties and their aversion to coherent alliances left the legislature chaotic. During , Yeltsin's rift with the parliamentary leadership led to the September—October constitutional crisis. The crisis climaxed on 3 October, when Yeltsin chose a radical solution to settle his dispute with parliament: he called up tanks to shell the Russian White House , blasting out his opponents. As Yeltsin was taking the unconstitutional step of dissolving the legislature, Russia came close to a serious civil conflict.
Yeltsin was then free to impose the current Russian constitution with strong presidential powers, which was approved by referendum in December The cohesion of the Russian Federation was also threatened when the republic of Chechnya attempted to break away, leading to the First and Second Chechen Wars.
Economic reforms also consolidated a semi-criminal oligarchy with roots in the old Soviet system. Advised by Western governments, the World Bank , and the International Monetary Fund , Russia embarked on the largest and fastest privatization that the world had ever seen in order to reform the fully nationalized Soviet economy. By mid-decade, retail, trade, services, and small industry was in private hands.
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Most big enterprises were acquired by their old managers, engendering a new rich Russian tycoons in league with criminal mafias or Western investors. By the mids Russia had a system of multiparty electoral politics. Meanwhile, the central government had lost control of the localities, bureaucracy, and economic fiefdoms, and tax revenues had collapsed.
Still in a deep depression, Russia's economy was hit further by the financial crash of After the crisis, Yeltsin was at the end of his political career. Just hours before the first day of , Yeltsin made a surprise announcement of his resignation, leaving the government in the hands of the little-known Prime Minister Vladimir Putin , a former KGB official and head of the FSB , the KGB's post-Soviet successor agency.
International observers were alarmed by moves in late to further tighten the presidency's control over parliament, civil society, and regional officeholders. In , Putin was once again elected as President. Russia had difficulty attracting foreign direct investment [ citation needed ] and experienced large capital outflows.