What is USSR meaning? What is USSR flag and symbol like? which countries were a part of USSR? What does USSR stand for?
“USSR” or “the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics” is the name used for the 15 countries that got united and governed under Communism ideology. It existed from 1922 to 1991.
We will focus on the states that became independent countries after the union collapsed.
Armenia After after independence from USSR
This landlocked country has been around for quite a long time under Persia’s (Iran) control for a few centuries and the USSR.
most people of former USSR republics can still speak Russian, especially the old ones who lived most of their lives during that period.
They became independent on September 21st, 1991 and as you can see on the map, have an enclave in Azerbaijan and host a few of theirs as well.
Borders were always the main issue between these two neighbors. they had a series of war during the history and don’t recognize each other’s enclaves and the issue doesn’t end there.
Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh & Nakhchivan
Because of the Soviet union’s (Probably) drunk geographers, this region with the vast majority of Armenians is in Azerbaijan. people over there want to either join Armenia or become an independent country but what does every country do in response to those who stand against its borders? making them silent!
Azerbaijan’s government sent its troops there and forced a lot of villagers to go to Armenia and relocated their people at their homes but a lot of Armenians are still residing there, not willing to leave their homes which only means more trouble in that area!
Nakhchivan has the same problem. It is officially an exclave of Azerbaijan but is being controlled by its own government. It has a border with Iran and Armenia.
living in Armenia after independence from USSR
There are two common things between almost all of Armenians, piano, and Russian. because of their history, they all have a piano at home and can speak Russian. some are catching English as well. Kardashian’s family is originally from Armenia and supports the country all the time.
Although the country is relatively a very affordable place to get retired in, their tough climate during winter doesn’t allow it to get as popular as places like Costa Rica.
You can easily live there at less than $1000 a month.
Their capital and the most populated city is Yerevan with a slightly over 1 million population.
This city would be the best choice if planning to visit or live in Armenia since it has a lot to offer.
If you are a meat lover, you’ll be entering heaven as this country’s cuisine is entirely based on meat, but you want to give it a second thought if you’re a vegetarian/vegan.
Azerbaijan after independence from USSR
This small country is one of the 5 countries that have access to the Caspian sea.
The government and people are doing their best to modernize their cities and lifestyle. The government’s main focus is on tourism and for this reason, they have built a huge modern 5 stars international airport called Heydar Aliev which attracts a lot of attention and traffic to the country.
living in Azerbaijan
This country is fairly cheap, just like its neighbors Armenia and Georgia.
People speak Russian, English, and Azerbaijani that is similar to Turkish. They have a good relationship with Turkey because of their similarities.
Their cuisine is quite similar to Armenians and Iranians with lots of meat in it.
Belarus after independence from USSR
This former Soviet state is a landlocked Eastern European country now.
Its capital is Minsk and although they have a language called Belarusian, most people prefer to talk in Russian.
Their country isn’t much different compared to when It was a state. The government is corrupted and there’s no freedom.
Some people are struggling with their daily life and journalists are getting censored and jailed frequently.
Besides Russia, Belarus is the only dictatorship on the European continent.
Estonia after independence from USSR
OK! Estonia is a completely different story.
This small nation decided to become western despite its communist background.
They left all of those thoughts away and started having a good relationship with other Europeans.
Estonia joined Both the Schengen zone and NATO in 2004.
People in Estonia
Their 1 million population started moving forward and now, they’re truly a developed country with the title of “Europe’s Silicon Valley” for their capital, Tallinn that 1/3 of the people call home. Almost all of the city is covered by free WiFi.
More than 100 languages are being spoken in Estonia while their official language is Estonian.
Religion in Estonia
Although the most popular religion is Christianity, a lot of people consider themselves nonreligious. In fact, Estonia and the Czech Republic have the lease believers among Europe.
Georgia after independence from USSR
Georgia is another former Soviet State.
It is similar to Armenia and Azerbaijan in terms of affordability and weather while it feels more European with classical alleys and cafes everywhere. The dishes are also vegetarian friendly.
Russia is still bullying them from time to time but they resist and are trying to have a good relationship with the EU and the US.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia, self-governing states within Georgia
These two territories are inside Georgia, heavily influenced and supported by Russia. They claim to be a country, recognized by some countries and even issue their passport. They also use Russian ruble as their currency.