25 December 1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union and turns over his presidential powers — including control of the nuclear launch codes — to Boris Yeltsin, the president of the Russian Federation. The USSR itself is officially dissolved the next day.

25 December 1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union and turns over his presidential powers — including control of the nuclear launch codes — to Boris Yeltsin, the president of the Russian Federation. The USSR itself is officially dissolved the next day.

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