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From Red to Silver: The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Soviet Union

Dec 25, 2016 | 14:01 GMT
The Post-Cold War Order, 25 Years On
A crowd watches as a statue of KGB founder Felix Dzerzhinsky is lowered in Moscow's Lubyanka Square on Aug. 22, 1991.
(ANATOLY SAPRONENKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin once remarked that anyone who "does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart," while anyone who "wants it back has no brain." For nearly 70 years, the Soviet Union's founding communist ideology held the disparate peoples of its constituent socialist republics together. This ideology, antithetical...

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