Stepan Bandera collapsed and died on the Kreittmayrstrasse 7 in Munich. It was October 15, 1959. The 50 year old Ukrainian apparently had a seizure, fell, broke his neck and died. An autopsy would reveal traces of cyanide, which would prompt local authorities to speculate that the death was a suicide. The truth would emerge much later when Bohdan Stashinky, a KGB operative defected to the Americans in 1961 1. Stashinky had assassinated Bandera, using a spray gun filled with hydrogen cyanide gas.

It was on December 25,1991 that the red banner of the Soviet Union was lowered over the Kremlin for the last time. A nation and a system that posed the only credible challenge to the capitalist dream on global domination was slipping into history. The Soviet Union, protected by its massive Red Army, aided by its ruthless KGB security apparatus, abetted by its propaganda-fed labour unions, inhabited by a pension assured citizenry, guided by a largely geriatric leadership, imploded due to the inherent internal contradictions of Stalinism.