Patrushev: the USSR collapsed because of the lack of will among its leaders

Patrushev: the USSR collapsed because of the lack of will among its leaders


The leaders of the USSR did not understand what and how they had to do, didn’t see solutions to the problems of the country, says Secretary of the Russian security Council Nikolai Patrushev.

MOSCOW, 26 Jan. The Soviet Union collapsed not because of problems in the economy, and because of the lack of his leadership political will and inability to take the necessary economic measures, said Secretary of the Russian security Council Nikolai Patrushev. While the Russian leadership has the will and the ability to maintain the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

A number of experts believe that one of the key factors that led to the exit of a number of republics of the Soviet Union was economic collapse in almost a fourfold drop in oil prices in the late 1980-ies.

“Russia is an independent country, which may itself provide… of the USSR, by the way, broke up not because of problems in the economy. The leaders of the USSR simply lost. They did not understand what and how they had to do, didn’t see solutions to the problems of the country”, — said Patrushev in an interview to “Moskovsky Komsomolets”.

“And most importantly, the Soviet leadership didn’t take responsibility. It forgets the basic principle of governance: if you decide you for it and respond. Recall, for example, the decision to use troops in Georgia or Lithuania. Does anyone believe that they were taken at the level of the performers? Listen, you cannot be serious,” added the security Council Secretary and stated that it “has the most direct relation to the decomposition of the state system”.

“The Soviet leadership at the right moment has not shown political will, he had no conviction in their ability to preserve the country, including not been accepted and the necessary measures in the economy. The current leadership of Russia is not proved that the political will he has and it is able to maintain and strengthen the constitutional order, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state”, — said Patrushev.