Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Союз Советских Социалистических Республик
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Flag of the Soviet Union Coat of arms of the Soviet Union
Flag State Emblem
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (orthographic projection)
The Soviet Union after WWII

Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь! (Russian)
("Workers of the world, unite!")

Anthem "Hymn of the Soviet Union"
(and largest city)
Other cities Kiev, Leningrad, Novosibirsk
Language Russian
Religion none (State Atheism)
Government Single-Party socialist state
  legislature Supreme Soviet
General Secretary Gennady Zyuganov
Premier Vladimir Putin
Chairman of the Presidium Valentina Tereshkova
Area 22,402,200 km²
Population 314,539,410 
Established December 30, 1922
Currency Soviet ruble

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, abbreviated U.S.S.R. and commonly shortened to the "Soviet Union", is a socialist state located in northern Eurasia. Initially the main rival of the United States in the 20th century, tension between the two countries began to cool down in the 1960s, and the "Iron Curtain" of Soviet satellite states dissolved in the 1970s, amid drastic free-market reforms to the Soviet economy.

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After Stalin Edit

After Joseph Stalin's death in 1953, the Soviet Union's political scene was torn between reformists and hardliners. On one hand, the hardliners wanted to preserve Stalin's legacy, but the reformers wanted to change Stalin's policies and seek better ties with the west. A power struggle broke out, with the reformers taking power in 1955. Stalin's legacy was denounced and the new leadership dismantled his personality cult, a process of moderate liberalization known as "De-Stalinization". This led to the Sino-Soviet Split, where the Chinese accused the Soviets of abandoning "True Socialism".