By 1985 Soviet society had stopped growing as a result of totalitarian policies banning political dissent.. RESPONSES:Gorbachev initiated Glasnost to encourage a free flow of ideas and information (refer to chart). By 1986 the Soviet economy was inefficient and unproductive.. RESPONSES:Gorbachev
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Problems/Crises that led to the collapse
Protesters appealed to Boris Yeltsin to oppose the coup
Yeltsin mobilized support against the coup
Troops refused to obey hard-liners
The coup failed and Gorbachev returned to Moscow.In August 1991, hard-liners staged a coup against Gorbachev.