The main reason for the collapse of the USSR was the food problem. If it had been possible to solve it in time, the collapse of the Union might not have happened, he said in an interview with Lenta. ” former assistant to the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev on economics, teacher of the current head of the Accounting Chamber Alexey Kudrin Oleg Kolerev.

” Why did hundreds of thousands of people come to Manezhnaya Square [in 1990]? It is not because of Gorbachev’s lack of dictatorial abilities or lack of democracy. And because of the lack of food. The shops were empty, there was no food to get, ” he said.

According to him, the authorities had an understanding of the need for deep reforms, these reforms, although with a screech, were implemented, and the country was being transformed, but the deficit solved everything.

” Even during collectivization, agriculture was radically undermined. But in Russia it was the main industry. Actually, it was she who played a decisive role in the funeral of the Soviet Union. The opportunity for a timely and orderly transition of farmers to market forms of reproduction was missed. I repeat: if there were food in the stores, no “revolution” would have happened in 1991, ” stated Ozherelev.

Earlier, Gorbachev’s associate Viktor Mironenko, who was the first secretary of the Komsomol Central Committee in 1986-1990, called the reasons for the failure of the last attempt to preserve the Soviet Union. According to him, the main responsibility lies with Russian politicians and leaders of the RSFSR, and in particular with Boris Yeltsin, as well as with the then Ukrainian leadership, in particular, Leonid Kravchuk.