Question by ebi_77neduvelil: How did Boris Yeltsin help the collapse of the USSR?
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Answer by jewle8417
1991, Boris Yeltsin grabbed the power after a failed coup. The coup was aimed at toppling Gorbachev and his reformist outlook. The policy of glasnost resulted in the loss of control over the media in Russia.
As a result of the liberal policies, the media was able to release information to the Russian people about widespread social issues, further discrediting the central government.
Many issues that were never officially released to the public were now becoming known. The widespread problems of poor housing, alcoholism, drug use and pollution were only the tip of the iceberg.
With the freedom to criticize the central government, other economic situations were also addressed in the media. Attention was drawn to the outdated Stalin factories that couldn’t compete in a world market. Fingers were pointed to the degree of large-scale corruption that existed in the government.
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