- Historical event
- 26 December 1991
- On this day in 1991 the Supreme Soviet declared the abolition of the Soviet Union, and then disbanded itself.
Today is the anniversary of the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). In fact, on this day in 1991, the Supreme Soviet declared the abolition of the USSR, and then disbanded itself. It was the end of the disintegration process of the Soviet Union, which had begun a year-and-a-half earlier, when the first republics began leaving it. The first to leave the Soviet Union was Lithuania, back in 11 March 1990, and then the other Baltic states and Georgia followed. Kazakhstan and Russia were the last that left the Soviet Union. On Christmas in 1991, Gorbachev resigned as the President of the USSR, declaring the office extinct and conveyed all remaining powers he had to Boris Yeltsin.