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I was wondering how did Ivashkov die in 1994? I find the man interesting, were there any major events under his short rule and was his death related to communism?
(For the record, this guy is talking about Vladimir Ivashko) The USSR ceased to exist in December of 1991, so his death in 1994 was not related. He took control of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in August of that year after the coup attempt. The CPSU was banned in Russia shortly thereafter by Boris Yeltsin (who led the Russian SFSR, which was at the heart of the Union) so I doubt Ivashko could do anything in the time allotted. He was just put into the position in order to have someone fill it.
Furthermore, by that point there were only two people with power: Gorbachev (as President of the Soviet Union) and Yeltsin (as President of Russia). In 1989 Gorbachev allowed other political associations (and pretty much de facto political parties) to coexist with the Communist Party, and in 1990 removed its status as vanguard party of the Soviet Union. The Communist Party's power over the state ended that same year with the newly-created Soviet Presidency. As the Soviet Union began to fall apart the Communist Party pretty much fractured and thus became impotent. The position of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was useless by the time Ivashko held it, having been superseded by the Soviet Presidency and deprived of any legitimacy after the August coup attempt. Gorbachev's continued existence as General Secretary was just to prevent another rival from appearing.
This probably belongs in the actual article about Ivashko, but yeah. --Mrdie (talk) 15:46, 6 April 2009 (UTC)