The year 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s collapse. Here’s a look back on the chaos that surrounded the USSR’s final months.
April 10, 1991 Defying an appeal by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, about 10,000 miners rally in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, calling for nationwide support for their six-week-old strike. The slogans on the placards read: "We are starving, we are fed up with promises," and "Communist Party dictatorship to the waste heap of history." /AP Buy Photo