How Long Can Yeltsin Hold It All Together?Deborah Stead and Peter Galuszka and Amy Borrus
In a stunning bloodless coup, the new Commonwealth of Independent States dealt the final blow to the Soviet Union's central government and prompted Mikhail Gorbachev's resignation on Christmas day. But even as history was being made, jaded Moscovites were already betting that the new confederation won't last beyond the first day of spring.
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