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In this essay I am going to talk about the breakup of the Soviet Union and all of the events that took place before during and after the split up I will look into the CIS Commonwealth of Independent States the Government economy and the conflicts of the former USSR In July of 1991 President Mikhail Gorbachev and ten other Repulic leaders all met and signed a treaty giving each Republic more self-government Five more leaders were to sign the treaty on August 20 but on the 19th of the month Communist leaders led by Boris Yeltsin planned a coup against Gorbachevs Government They trapped him and his family in their vacation home just as they were preparing to return from their vacation in Crimea for the first signing of the union treaty He was placed under house arrest but he refused to give in to the demands While this was going on protesters held demonstrations and strikes broke out all over the country The Commuist party was suspended in many republics including the Russian Federation A few days after the coup Gorbacev resigned from the party leadership In the aftermath of the coup Yeltsin emerged as the strongest political figure in the country In September 1991 an interim government was set up until a new treaty could be worked out This government included Gorbachev and the leaders of the other Republics On December 8th Russia proclaimed itself the Soviet Unions successor Boris Yeltsin and the Presidents of Ukraine and Belarus announced the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States and that the USSR had no longer existed The Commonwealth of Independent States was an association of nations that were formerly republics of the Soviet Union They encouraged all others to join with them On December 21 eleven republics joined Armenia Belarus Azerbaijan Kazakhstan Kyrgyztan Moldova Russia Tajistan Turkmenistan Ukraine and Uzbekistan Georgia became a member in 1993 The
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