OREANDA-NEWSThe introduction of the Prohibition in 1985 was one of the reasons for the collapse of the USSR. About this in the publication Asahi Shimbun, the journalist Mititaka Hattori said. 

“At the same time, it was the anti-alcohol campaign that aroused the anger of drinkers, who had only one entertainment — alcohol, and ultimately this led to the collapse of the USSR,” the article says. The author claims that members of the elite were also disappointed with Gorbachev’s actions and preferred to him the “alcohol lover” Boris Yeltsin. 

Hattori also notes that the stereotype about drinking Russians is not true, because often the Japanese drink more often a citizen of the Russian Federation. In Russia, only alcohol-addicted people drink for no reason.

The “dry law” of 1985-1987 was introduced by Gorbachev two months after coming to power. The reason was the record figures of alcohol consumption and stagnation in the economy, which the authorities attributed to the harmful habits of citizens. Among the results of the campaign are the extermination of vineyards and unique grape varieties (for example, Ekim-kara), a sharp increase in shadow incomes from the trade in alcohol. At the same time, the birth rate has increased and mortality has decreased. Campaign turned because of the mass discontent of the citizens of the country and the economic crisis.

Moreover, the journalist noted that the first president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, loved alcohol, which allowed him to "expel" Gorbachev, who is an opponent of alcoholic beverages.
The USSR safely committed its existence on December 26, 1991. On December 25, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned from the powers of the President of the USSR and transferred control of strategic nuclear weapons to President of Russia Boris Yeltsin.