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End of an empire

 Three days of drama
Tanks on the streets and a missing president - how the coup unfolded.

New world order

 One superpower world
The Soviet collapse didn't just change lives - it dramatically altered the global balance of power, writes Bridget Kendall.

 Inside Yeltsin's bunker
Tim Whewell spent the three days of the coup in the White House under threat of Soviet attack.

 Accidental revolutionary
Mikhail Gorbachev wanted to reform the Soviet Union, but led it headlong to destruction.


 Student in Moscow
 Media dash in Ukraine
 Republic loses faith
 Media revolution

 Soviet buzzwords
Dachas and glasnost in Evil Empire - the words and phrases the Soviet era left behind.

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