For decades the USSR — the Soviet UInion — was a major world power, but it was held together largely through force and intimidation.
Things began to unravel in the late 1980s — the momentum built after President Ronald Reagan delivered these words at the Berlin Wall:
The wall did come down two years later, and two years after that, the Soviet Union came to an end.
Watching it all, from a front-row seat, was high-profilpe Soviet journalist and broadcaster Vladimir Pozner, who was also a freqeuent guest on American television, largely because in his youth, he spent a lot of time in tghe U.S. abd vecame fluent in English.
I interviewed Vladimir Pozner several times, including in 1992, less than a year after the breakup of the Soviet Union. He had written a book called, appropriately, Eyewitness.
So here now, from 1992, former Soviet journalist Vladimir Pozner.
Vladimir Pozner is 86 now. He’s a naturalized U.S. citizen.