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    Posted: 03-Apr-2005 at 10:47
What was your feelings in the day you learned that USSR had collapse?
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Apr-2005 at 11:20

Worried- The US would become the single dominant world power. Russians were powerful and successful in dealing with US.

Hopeful- For the future of the Turkic republics, and their national identities rebirth. I was also a little bit happy since our ancestors had enough from "Urus" (Russian) invaders...

 

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  Quote white dragon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Apr-2005 at 12:44
i dont know, i probably didnt care, i was a only about 1...
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  Quote Seko Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Apr-2005 at 14:38
Shocked and ecstatic. The soviets had large a grip and much of the world. My pleasure culminated in the unbelieveable sight (tv) of the Berlin wall comming down.
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  Quote ramin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Apr-2005 at 20:25
Don't know.. I was worried about Germany's lost to Argentina! (Refree was a cow!)
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  Quote Tobodai Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Apr-2005 at 02:24
I was 5, I didnt care, I was playing pretend pirates with my friends and since the Soviet Union didnt involve pirates why should I have cared?
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It was strange, especially when the Soviet Union disappeared. The whole worldview that I grew up with was shattered. The Soviets were supposed to be so powerful and mighty, and the whole empire just self-collapsed. The boogey man was not so strong and invincible after all. I was happy for the Russians though.
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I was only glad that I wasn't in Germany ( being a German) when the wall came down.
The wave of national pathos and self-congratulatory arrogance that swept the country was unbearable.
I had hoped, like many East-Germans that there would be a middle way between rampant capitalism and authoritarian socialism, no bloody chance.
Let's face it. It wasn't the cry for freedom and democracy, but the craving for shiny Ford Mondeos and brand new Colour TVs that brought the system down.
Allright, all these East-Germans can now say whatever they like, but who's listening to them?
Unemployment, poverty and a whole range of other social problems are still rife in the former DDR, and quite a few East Germans had second thoughts about the free market and all its wonderful gifts.
I'm not advocating the old "Communist" system here, but un-restricted capitalism isn't the solution either.

I never had any sympathy for the Stalinists behind the Iron Curtain, but Maggy Thatcher's, Helmut Kohl's and Ronald Reagan's triumphantly smug faces and the greedy look in the eye's of McDonald's and IBM's executives let me reach for the sick bucket.

And like Oguzoglu I was worried the end of one "evil Empire" would lead to the birth of another. I might have been right.


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I was only two. I think I started teething then, never a good sign! Damn Soviets!


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  Quote ramin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Apr-2005 at 16:36
... and I was thinking.... was Maradona involved?! 
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  Quote Le Renard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Apr-2005 at 17:53
I don't know I was barley born depending on the month it happened.  If it happened before May 28th then I wasn't born yet
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  Quote Scytho-Sarmatian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-Apr-2005 at 04:58

Most people at the time (1991, when the U.S.S.R. actually broke up) were not the least bit surprised.  It was just the end of a long process that began when Gorbachev came to power and started glasnost/perestroika.

What was more shocking was the incident the following year when all those tanks were blasting away at the Soviet parliament building.  At that point you knew it was all over and there was no turning back.



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