glasnost (openness) which dismantled censorship. He also introduced perestoika
in hopes of redeeming the broken economy & morale of the population. In 1990
president Boris Yeltsin resigned from
the Communist party & in 1991 Yeltsin & Gorbachev
agreed that the USSR would cease to exist in 1992.
The release from communism has been hard
won. The economy remains weak & the population unstable.
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