My name is Alexia Ragsac and I am currently a senior at Virginia Tech. For my Twentieth Century Russia class, we had the pleasure of blogging as part of our curriculum for the semester. During the semester, we learned a lot about the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and why it happened. From Stalin’s reign to Gorbachev’s failure of upholding his promises, the Soviet Union has faced many challenges in order to become a socially and politically stable country. Hope you enjoy!