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Lenin 1919 - 1922
Trotsky 1922 - 1926
Stalin 1926 - 1940
Molotov 1940 - 1966
Brezhnev 1966 - 1982
The old men 1982 - 1984
Gorbachev 1984 - 1985
Following the death of Chernenko a new, young and more liberal leader of the Communist Party was selected. Mikhail Gorbachev immediately instituted reforms, free speech and free elections were to be held within a decade. His intention was to make the government more popular by letting the people have more freedom.
He was very unpopular with the party elite and the army. When in January 1985 he announced that the Soviet Union was to be renamed that November, the army mutinied. Vast fuel shortages came about due to military blockades and some party members attempted to proclaim a new leader. But within two months order was restored. In October the Russian Federation was formed, Gorbachev became President, and relatively free elections were held. The Soviet Union was over.