In Pictures: The Collapse of the Soviet Union
25 years since its dissolution, a look back up at the events leading up to the fall of the Soviet Union as captured through the lenses of Magnum Photographers
1991 was a tumultuous time for the USSR, culminating in its dissolution on December 26 of that year. This marked the end of the 22-year long Soviet communist era with all but one of the Soviet Republics declaring their independence from the Union, prompting the resignation of the then President, Mikhail Gorbachev. Twenty-five years on, a selection of photographs by Magnum photographers provide an insight into the demonstrations and uprisings across the USSR that contributed to its fall.