Few people expected the USSR to fall apart as it did, without a major bloodshed. Serhii Plokhii attempts to answer the question of why Russia of Boris Yeltsin did not follow into the footsteps of Serbia of Slobodan Milosevic, by examining the decisions made by Boris Yeltsin and his advisors in the late summer and fall of 1991. 


  • Serhii Plokhii

    Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University