The growth of the urban population.
Rapid expansion in the number of highly trained specialists.
Cultural and artistic freedom.
The growth of Soviet public opinion.
Participation of leading Soviet scientists and professionals in international communities of their disciplines.
Dissolution of the Communist party.
The right to form free labor unions.
Freedom of speech.
The release of political prisoners.
Economic restructuring, called perestroika
Openness, or glasnost, by the government
Increased censorship and political control by the Communist Party
Friendlier relations with the United States
The Soviet Union
The Soviet Union's war against Afghanistan
The Gulf War between the United States and Iraq
The end of the Cold War between the US and the USSR
The unification of West and East Germany
The Maastricht Treaty
One of the hard-line leaders who kidnapped Mikhail Gorbachev
The leader who declared Russia independent from the Soviet Union
The leader of the reunited Germany
The leader of Serbia who tried to unite Serbs into a
The leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army
Ended the Cold War
Recognized Croatian independence
Recognized the dissolution of the Soviet Union
Set up a plan for creating a European monetary union with a single currency