Synopsis by Sally Barber
The rise and fall of the Soviet Union is recounted in the three-part series USSR. This in-depth documentary traces the birth of the first communist state, highlights its period of supremacy, and explains its collapse. Volume three, Illusion, Decline and Fall (1953-1991), chronicles the political terms of power of the Russian rulers who followed Joseph Stalin's reign. With archival footage, it explores Gorbachev's emancipation of Europe, and the final fall of the Soviet state. Other programs in the series include Stolen Revolution (1900-1939) and Triumph of the Tyrant (1939-1953).