Find news and information from RT about the Soviet Union (USSR) and its formation. The Soviet Union was a socialist state in Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991 on the territory of Eastern Europe, North, Central and East Asia. It consisted of 15 Republics, all of which today are independent states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Russian SFSR, Tajikistan, Turkmenia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Before its collapse, the Soviet Union was the largest state in the world. Get the news and articles on history of the Soviet Union and each of its Republics then and nowadays. The Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991, granting independence to its Republics. A lot of assets remained and spread across the former Soviet territory. One of them was the nuclear arsenal, and Russia became a successor state to the Soviet Union as a nuclear state. Follow RT to find the news and stories on the Soviet nuclear legacy and the Lisbon protocol signed by Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, who agreed to become non-nuclear states.