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When on December 21 1991 the Soviet Union ceased to exist and broke into a fragmented group of independent countries Byrnes the world breathed a sigh of relief Another horrible communist country had finally seen the light and given way to the western beliefs of capitalism and democratic government But was this really the best thing to happen to an already unstable country Some say yes because the socialist beliefs and oppression are finally gone Others say no because even though capitalism is present the countries werent ready for it and have suffered because of it One thing is for sure though The economy of the former USSR is on the brink of disaster with no apparent escape in the near future Lucas The Russian economy has seen a huge decrease in productivity In the late 1980s the per capita income was about 8700 Byrnes Compared to the 2466 of 1997World in figures this change is painfully evident This some believe is ultimately leading to the disintegration of Russia The government is printing more and more unbacked money leading to worthless currency Lucas The situation is even compared to Germany during Hitlers rise Startling similarities are present Hyperinflation is making the currency worthless Once a great power the country feels beaten down and its weak democracy may soon be crushed by a hybrid of nationalism and socialism Is this Russia in the 1990s Or Germany on the eve of Hitler taking power It could be either Caryl This opinion of the impending demise of Russia is not alone According to Edward Lucas 1999 will be the year of Russias disintegration Bill Powell also agrees With the murder of Galina Starovoitova one of Russias original democrats he wonders Whether democracy is dead as well So based on these facts I believe that the former Soviet Union was better off as the Soviet Union Unemployment was nonexistent because every able bodied person was guaranteed a job
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