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Gennady Zyuganov was the Premier of the Soviet Union starting from 2010, upon the death of the previous Premier, Gennady Yanayev. Under Zyuganov's administration, the Soviet Union was reeling from the destruction of the Fourth World War, wrought upon by the strains of relations with the west after the Soviet Invasion of the Middle East . Zyuganov's policies were ones of reconciliation with the West, offering humanitarian aid, and assisted in reconstruction efforts in Europe and the former United States.
However, Zyuganov's policies of openness, dubbed Glasnost, were heavily opposed by various hardliners within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union . The hardliners, lead by Alexander Lukashenko, thought that Zyuganov was far too soft with the war-defeated west, and that the Soviet Union should isolate itself and annex occupied zones. The final straw for the hardliners was Zyuganov's peacemaking visit to Richmond, capital of the Confederate States of America, to speak with President Jim Folsom Jr., the successor of the President that ended the war Robert J. Bentley, himself the replacement of the Confederate President at the start of the war, Mike Huckabee, on August 19th, 2012, the Confederate anniversary of Independence from the United States in 1986. Shortly after the visit, the hardliner-controlled Supreme Court of the Soviet Union found Zyuganov guilty of treason, ousted him, and placed Lukashenko as Premier.
In 2010, Zyuganov attempted to create a second period of Detente with the west via the creation of the Havana Pact, signed by the Soviet Union, the Confederate States under Folsom, and several other Soviet-created puppet states created from occupation zones, as well as some minor nations in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Havana Pact was intended as a bulwark against another possible war on the scale of the Fourth World War, and by extension to protect the Soviet Union from overextending itself, a major concern during said war.