№ 1, 2003
The article focuses on the last two years before the disintegration of the Soviet Union. R. Simonyan emphasises the role of the three Baltic union republics. The author gives consistent arguments against the common mass consciousness myth that the Baltic republics were almost the principal cause of the onset of centrifugal processes in the USSR. The blame is laid on the union leadership, which due to its short-sighted and incompetent policy provoked radical changes. The author believes that these were the Baltic republics, which offered a realistic way to keep the Soviet Union, and the central leadership, on the contrary, did everything to destroy it.
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