25 years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as Soviet President

Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin

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“Dear compatriots! Fellow citizens! In view of the prevailing situation of education of the Commonwealth of Independent States, I cease my activities as President of the USSR” – with such words began the televised speech of Mikhail Gorbachev on 25 December 1991.