Soviet Union

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Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (orthographic projection).svg
The Soviet Union after World War II
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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, Ernst Kux, Philip Mosely, 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


Korean Air Lines Flight 0071 September 1983

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Warsaw Pact

Citizens of Soviet Union on Wikispooks

Mikhail Barsukov8 November 1947
Lavrenty Beria29 March 189923 December 1953
Nikita Khrushchev15 April 189411 September 1971
Alexander Litvinenko30 August 196223 November 2006An exiled Russian former security officer turned whistleblower who died of Polonium poisoning in London.
Josef Stalin18 December 18785 March 1953
Ingrid Rimland Zundel22 May 1936


  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