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Gorbachev resigns, marking the final stage of the dissolution of the Soviet Union into 15 independent states.

Wednesday, December 25, 1991

Gorbachev resigns, marking the final stage of the dissolution of the Soviet Union into 15 independent states.

Boris Yeltsin assumes full authority as first president of the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation takes over the Soviet Union’s seat as permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.