United States and the Cold War Research Guide: Readings: The Soviet Union
It will last until Americans, who had confidently felt they were ahead of the Soviets in technology and science, redouble their efforts in science, engineering, and the overall space race. The pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was captured alive. He spent nearly two years in a Soviet prison before being exchanged for a Soviet intelligence officer captured in New York.
In the end, both sets of missiles were removed. The U. President Ronald Reagan begins to refer to the Soviet Union as an "evil empire". President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev came close to agreeing to eliminate all nuclear weapons and share the so-called Star Wars defense technologies. Although the negotiations broke down, it set the stage for future arms control agreements.
They take power for less than three days USSR's End In the final days of December, the Soviet Union dissolved itself and was replaced by 15 different independent states, including Russia. Russia honors all treaties signed by the former Soviet Union and assumes the United Nations Security Council seat formerly held by the Soviets. President George Bush unilaterally withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty signed by the two countries in In elections unmonitored by international observers, Dmitry Medvedev is elected president replacing Vladimir Putin.
Putin is widely expected to become Russia's prime minister. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill, widely seen as retaliatory against the Magnitsky Act, that banned any United States citizen from adopting children from Russia. Wanted on criminal charges by the U.
Imposes Sanctions on Russia After the collapse of the Ukraine government. Russia annexes the Crimea. S in October , after a renewed offensive on Aleppo by Syrian and Russian troops. Russian President Vladimir Putin denied favoring the eventual winner of the political contest, Donald Trump.
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- Caught In The Act.
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- The Anatomy of a Flying Saucer;
The Soviets shoot down an American spy plane gathering information over Russian territory. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev uses his shoe to bang on his desk at the United Nations while the American delegate is speaking. The stationing of U. Following victory in World War II , Stalin faced no further challenges within the party, but discontent with his tyranny and arbitrariness smoldered among the party leadership.
Khrushchev ended the practice of bloody purges of the party membership, but his impulsive rule aroused dissatisfaction among the other party leaders, who ousted him in Leonid Brezhnev succeeded him and was general secretary until his death in , being in turn succeeded by Yury Andropov. The CPSU continued to serve as the model for the Soviet-dominated states of eastern Europe, however, until , at which time the communist parties of eastern Europe either disintegrated or transformed themselves into Western-style socialist or social democratic parties.
From through the s the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was a monolithic , monopolistic ruling party that dominated the political, economic, social, and cultural life of the U. The constitution and other legal documents that supposedly ordered and regulated the government of the Soviet Union were in fact subordinate to the policies of the CPSU and its leadership. Constitutionally, the Soviet government and the CPSU were separate bodies, but virtually all high government officials were party members, and it was this system of interlocking dual membership in party and governmental bodies that enabled the CPSU to both make policy and see that it was enforced by the government.
In the CPSU voted to surrender its constitutionally guaranteed monopoly of power, thereby permitting opposition parties to flourish legally in the Soviet Union.
A failed coup by communist hard-liners against Gorbachev in August discredited the CPSU and greatly hastened its decline. The basic unit of the CPSU was the primary party organization, which was a feature in all factories, government offices, schools, and collective farms and any other body of any importance whatsoever. At its height the CPSU had some 19 million members.
Nominally, the supreme body in the CPSU was the party congress, which usually met every five years and was attended by several thousand delegates. The party congress nominally elected the or so members of the Central Committee of the CPSU, which met at least twice a year to perform the work of the party in between congresses.
In its turn the Central Committee elected the members of various party committees, two of which, the Politburo and the Secretariat, were the actual centres of ultimate power and authority in the Soviet Union. The Politburo, with about 24 full members, was the supreme policy-making body in the country and exercised power over every aspect of public policy, both domestic and foreign.
The Secretariat was responsible for the day-to-day administrative work of the party machine.
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The training ground for future candidates and members of the party was the All-Union Lenin League of Communist Youth, known as the Komsomol. The principal publications of the party were the daily newspaper Pravda and the monthly theoretical journal Kommunist. Communist Party of the Soviet Union.