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Kazakhstan Was The Last Soviet Republic To Leave The USSR (4 Days After Russia), Which Means That For 4 Days, This Was The Map Of The Soviet Union

I bet ya Putin misses these good old days

The map above is a map of the Kazakh SSR (Soviet Socialist Republic), which existed between December 5, 1936 and December 16, 1991 and by a quirk of history was the last of the Republics to leave the Soviet Union.

However, the Soviet Union itself was not formally disbanded until December 26, 1991, which means for the last 10 days of its existence it was a country without any territory. Read more….

Below is a very brief timeline of when each republic left the USSR.

  1. Lithuania ? March 11, 1990
  2. Estonia ? March 30, 1990 (effective ? August 20, 1991)
  3. Latvia ? May 4, 1990 (effective ? August 21, 1991)
  4. Georgia ? April 9, 1991
  5. Ukraine ? August 24, 1991
  6. Byelorussia/Belarus ? August 25, 1991
  7. Moldova ? August 27, 1991
  8. Kyrgyzstan ? August 31, 1991
  9. Uzbekistan ? September 1, 1991
  10. Tajikistan ? September 9, 1991
  11. Armenia ? September 21, 1991
  12. Azerbaijan ? October 18, 1991
  13. Turkmenistan ? October 27, 1991
  14. Russian SFSR/Russian Federation ? December 12, 1991
  15. Kazakhstan ? December 16, 1991

However, the 15 Republics were not the only bits of the USSR who tried to declare independence, several other bits of the Soviet Union also tried to breakaway during this time including:

  • Abkhazia ? August 25, 1990 (Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic within?Georgian SSR)
  • Tatarstan ? August 30, 1990 (Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic within Russia)
  • Transnistria ? September 2, 1990 (part of Moldavian SSR)
  • Gagauzia ? August 19, 1991 (part of Moldavian SSR)
  • Nagorno-Karabakh Republic ? September 2, 1991 (part of Azerbaijan SSR)
  • Chechen Republic of Ichkeria ? November 1, 1991 (part of Russian SSR)
  • South Ossetia ? November 28, 1991 (part of Georgian SSR)

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