Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev named two blows that, in his opinion, destroyed the Soviet Union. His words published magazine “Russia in Global Affairs”.
The former head of the Soviet Union believes that one such blow was the coup attempt in August 1991, which weakened the USSR. The second blow, in his opinion, was the “December conspiracy of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.”
In addition, Gorbachev rejects the view that the collapse of the USSR is considered the end result of perestroika. However, he did not deny that the state leadership made mistakes. In his opinion, the reform of the party and the decentralization of the Soviet Union should have been started earlier. It was also worth more actively and boldly to reform the economy.
Earlier, Gorbachev’s associate Viktor Mironenko named the reasons for the failure of the last attempt to preserve the Soviet Union. According to him, the first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, in August 1991 refused to sign a new union treaty, referring to the decision of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine not to do this “until the fall.” Mironenko believes that in fact this predetermined the collapse of the USSR.