Putin lashes out against Gorbachev and accuses him of allowing the disintegration of the USSR
Since the disputed parliamentary elections on December 4 that were marred by numerous allegations of fraud ruling Gorbachev has been unusually critical of the Russian authorities. "The best step by the authorities would submit his resignation," he said told the radio station "Echo of Moscow." He also told Interfax that "the country’s leaders must recognize that there were numerous counterfeits and fraud, and that the results do not reflect the will of the voters. " Gorbachev called the Kremlin and the government to accept demands to annul the election results and hold new legislative elections, and warned that, otherwise, the opposition could use undemocratic methods. The Soviet republics of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus signed the death certificate of the USSR to sign the December 8, 1991 Bielovezhskaya Pushcha agreement. "The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has ceased to exist as a subject of international law, "read the document. The Soviet empire disappeared for the December 25, 1991, when Gorbachev admitted in a television address to the USSR. Then, the flag of the Soviet hammer and sickle was lowered at the Kremlin and a half hour later, hoisted tricolor of the Russian Federation.