The only man to remain a citizen of the USSR even after its breakup

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James H. Newman(left) and Sergei Krikalev (right) during the STS-88 mission. Source: Wikicommons

The collapse of the Soviet Union shook our world and changed it forever. The long-fought Cold War finally came to an end after Boris Yeltsin’s successful grab for power. The transition from the union to independence wasn’t peaceful, with many states fighting for land to which they had claims on before they were puppeted by the old communist empire, a fight which continues to this day in some of these post-USSR states.

Upon the collapse of the USSR most Soviet citizens, more specifically those who lived in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, became citizens of the newly formed Russian federation. …


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