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During the years between 1946 and 1991 the United States of America USA and a Union of Soviet Socialist Republics USSR waged an ideological Cold War over the spread of governmental and economic influences on the world In 1991 the USSR split apart leaving as its major successor the nation of Russia a vast country spanning the entirety of the eastern hemisphere Once an attempted Communism Russia has since traded its corrupted communist regime for Democracy and Capitalism This change in political and economic philosophies came with the breakup of the USSR and happened in a period of time far too short to make it a successful and smooth transition That mistake in management was just one catalyst in the breakdown of Russias once World-Power stature The government was composed of corrupt quickly changing leaders that had little or no ability to change or interest in changing the dire situation of the country In addition to that the social situation of the country was messed up from the days of the USSR and Communism History Russia ended its Imperial Era with the reign of the last Czar Nicholas II During the Russian Revolutions of 1917 Nicholas II was forced to step down the Bolsheviks led by Lenin took power The entire royal family was executed by revolutionaries during this time Russia withdrew from World War I by the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk but civil war ensued and lasted until the Soviet regime emerged victorious in 1920 In 1917 Russia was proclaimed the Russian SFSR and in 1922 it became part of the USSR Under Communist Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev the end of repressive political controls permitted nationalist movements to arise in the constituent republics of the USSR In 1990 Boris Yeltsin and other nationalists and reformers were elected to the Russian parliament Yeltsin was subsequently chosen Russian President Under Yeltsin Russia declared its sovereignty but not its independence and began to challenge the central governments
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