The end of a superpower – The collapse of the Soviet Union | DW Documentary

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The end of a superpower – The collapse of the Soviet Union | DW Documentary

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the collapse of the Soviet Union as „the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.“ This documentary from 2021 shows the path Russian foreign policy has followed under Putin.

[This documentary was originally released in 2021. In February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine.]

On December 25, 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. Along with it came hope for the end of the Cold War, for independence and freedom for the former Soviet republics. But for many it also brought poverty and war. What remains of the dreams of that time? The documentary includes contemporary witnesses and politicians of the decisive years and shows what has become of the legacy of a world power.

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