23 December 1953. Lavrenty Beria is found guilty of treason and shot in Lubyanka cellar by general Pavel Batitsky. Pic via Белорусская военная газета

23 December Lavrenty Beria is found guilty of treason and shot in Lubyanka cellar by general Pavel Batitsky. Pic via Белорусская военная газета

1 December 1934. Politburo member Sergey Kirov is shot dead by Leonid Nikolaev in the Smolny Communist Party headquarters in Leningrad

1 December Politburo member Sergey Kirov is shot dead by Leonid Nikolaev in the Smolny Communist Party headquarters in Leningrad

5 December 1931. In Moscow, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was demolished by Stalin’s orders to make room for the Palace of the Soviets, that was never completed

5 December In Moscow, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was demolished by Stalin’s orders to make room for the Palace of the Soviets, that was never completed

15 December 1970. Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 completes the first successful soft landing on another planet - Venus

15 December Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 completes the first successful soft landing on another planet - Venus

19 December 1906. Head of State of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev, is born

19 December Head of State of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev, is born

25 December 1991. The President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev announces his resignation in a live TV broadcast

25 December The President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev announces his resignation in a live TV broadcast

2 December 1917. Russia and the Central Powers sign armistice that lead to the Brest-Litovsk Peace Treaty

2 December Russia and the Central Powers sign armistice that lead to the Brest-Litovsk Peace Treaty

3 December 1533. Tsar Vasily III of Russia dies

3 December Tsar Vasily III of Russia dies

4 December 1946. The First Moskvich 400 car is assembled in Moscow, the first full-production economy car

4 December The First Moskvich 400 car is assembled in Moscow, the first full-production economy car

6 December 1917. Finland declares independence from Russia

6 December Finland declares independence from Russia

7 December 1917. The Council of People’s Commissars issues a decree that gives birth to Cheka

7 December The Council of People’s Commissars issues a decree that gives birth to Cheka

8 December 1991. The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement that dissolves the Soviet Union establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

8 December The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement that dissolves the Soviet Union establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

9 December 1590. Tsar Fyodor I issues a decree that forbids peasants to change landlords around St George’s Day - a mayor step towards serfdom

9 December Tsar Fyodor I issues a decree that forbids peasants to change landlords around St George’s Day - a mayor step towards serfdom

10 December 2011. Mass protest at the Bolotnaya Square to protest Putin’s re-election

10 December Mass protest at the Bolotnaya Square to protest Putin’s re-election

11 December 1994. First Chechen War begins as Yeltsin orders Russian troops into Chechnya

11 December First Chechen War begins as Yeltsin orders Russian troops into Chechnya

12 December 1991. Russian Federation gains independence from the Soviet Union

12 December Russian Federation gains independence from the Soviet Union

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