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The Soviet Union or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is a country that doesn't exist anymore. It was created in 1922 as a result of the October Revolution and it ceased to exist in 1991 with the end of the Cold War.
In 1991 there were 293,047,571 people living in the Soviet Union for a land area of 22,402,200 km². The Soviet Union was a communist country.
From 1924 to 1953, it was lead by general-secretary Joesph Stalin.
After Stalin's death, reformists took control of the country and launched capitalist reforms, believed by some to have lead to the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union.
In 1961 the Soviets sent the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.
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