When the USSR disbanded, citizens from across the Union discovered their citizenship had been revoked. In a short period of time, people soon discovered that being “Soviet” no longer held substance under the new democracy.
While people in the West celebrated the triumph of Capitalism over Communism, people whose lives had been shaped by the freedom of movement around the Soviet Union, were shocked that in many of the new republics, they were no longer welcome.
Poles, Russians, Czechs, Bosnians, Serbs, Germans and Hungarians. These were just some of the nationalities who found that after the fall of the USSR, their economic contributions to the shaping of a Communist society, no longer held value and with the deregulation of Soviet industry, came the culture shock.