The Secret Agreement

"We have terminated the existence of the Soviet Union." So the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus declared on December 8, 1991, stunning the world. With the lowering of the Soviet hammer-and-sickle flag, the curtain was drawn on the superpower that had battled for supremacy with the United States. Boris Yeltsin and the other two leaders had met privately and agreed to oust Soviet President Gorbachev, dissolve the Soviet Union, and establish the CIS. NHK obtained notes of those secret meetings and a draft of the declaration, with its handwritten amendments. The Secret Agreement reveals the fascinating story behind it to dissolve the Soviet Union and rebuild it.