Soviet Union

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Group.png Soviet Union  
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (orthographic projection).svg
The Soviet Union after World War II
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Abbreviation USSR
Motto Workers of the world, unite!
Formation 30 December 1922
Extinction 26 December 1991
Type nation state
Headquarters Moscow
Interest of Chip Bohlen, Annie Kriegel, Raymond Rocca, Helene Carrere d'Encausse

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, abbreviated to USSR or the Soviet Union, was a nominally socialist nation state on the Eurasian continent that existed between 1922 and 1991 with Moscow as its capital. [1] The separate Soviet Republics gradually became independent, meaning that the successor nation state, Russia is somewhat smaller in size.

Cold War

The USSR was referred to as a 'superpower', often portrayed as locked in ideological and military competition with the other nation state to which that epithet was applied, the United States. Both were the leading producers of weapons of mass destruction.


Events carried out

Holodomor1932 - 1933
Shelling of Mainila26 November 1939


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Korean Air Lines Flight 0071 September 1983


Warsaw Pact


  1. Bridget O'Laughlin (1975) Marxist Approaches in Anthropology Annual Review of Anthropology Vol. 4: pp. 341–70 (October 1975) doi:10.1146/
    William Roseberry (1997) Marx and Anthropology Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 26: pp. 25–46 (October 1997) doi:10.1146/annurev.anthro.26.1.25