12 Facts About Soviet Union

1. Culture of the Soviet Union passed through several stages during the USSR's 69-year existence.

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2. In contrast, the Soviet Union was offensively and defensively maneuvering in the acquisition and utilization of the worldwide technology, to increase the competitive advantage that they acquired from the technology, while preventing the US from acquiring a competitive advantage.

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3. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Soviet Union heavily relied on fossil fuel exports to earn hard currency.

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4. At the same time, the Soviet Union became the largest arms exporter to the Third World.

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5. The Soviet Union used the inquisitorial system of Roman law, where the judge, procurator, and defense attorney collaborate to establish the truth.

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6. The Soviet Union concentrated on its own recovery, seizing and transferring most of Germany's industrial plants, and it exacted war reparations from East Germany, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria using Soviet-dominated joint enterprises.

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7. The Soviet Union included most of the world's largest lakes; the Caspian Sea, and Lake Baikal, the world's largest and deepest freshwater lake that is an internal body of water in Russia.

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8. In 1990, the Soviet Union had a Human Development Index of 0.920, placing it in the "high" category of human development.

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9. In 1988, the Soviet Union abandoned its nine-year war in Afghanistan and began to withdraw its forces.

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10. In September 1934, the Soviet Union joined the League of Nations.

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11. The Soviet Union was recognized as one of the five nuclear weapons states and possessed the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.

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12. The Soviet Union took an early lead in the Space Race, with the first artificial satellite and the first human spaceflight.

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