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The Bush administration openly supported Mikhail Gorbachev's efforts to hold the Soviet Union together rather than allow the USSR to decentralize into smaller states. The US regime and its supporters in the press took the position that nationalism—not Soviet despotism—was the real problem for the people of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.
Deputies from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, led by party leader Gennady Zyuganov , submitted a bill to the State Duma proposing the use of the Red Banner of the Soviet Union instead of the tricolor flag of Russia.
Censorship of this CNN interview, where the former US ambassador to the USSR, Jack Matlock, called for refraining from premature assessments of events in the settlements that the Russian military left.