Collapse of the Soviet Union

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On December 26, 1991, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) came to an end. Increasing dissent against the USSR pressured the Supreme Soviet to end the USSR following the Belovezha Accords, which shifted the USSR to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Whereas the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 served as both a material and governmental end to Communism for many, the 1991 dissolution served as political confirmation that a new era had begun.