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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 by Lenin and his followers and it fell down 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.
For most of its existence it was ruled by Joseph Stalin and life was very harsh there. Stalin sent people to labour camps or executed them without any apparent reasons. He forbade religion by imposing state atheism. If someone was heard criticizing the government or Stalin, the person or even his whole family could be killed.
After Stalin's death, life conditions became better, until in 1991 the Soviet Union was dissolved.
In 1961 the Soviets sent the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.
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