Political map of Russia & the former Soviet Union 4 October 1993 (Russian Constitutional Crisis): With the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian president Boris Yeltsin introduced radical economic reforms (Privatization in Russia) in an attempt to stave off further collapse. However, the country was soon gripped by hyperinflation and widespread poverty, while privatization of state assets allowed for the rise of super-wealthy ‘oligarchs’ (Russian oligarch). The Supreme Soviet, or parliament, of Russia (Supreme Soviet of Russia) blamed these woes on Yeltsin’s reforms. Tensions between the two escalated into a crisis in late 1993, when Yeltsin used the army to break into the Supreme Soviet building and forcibly dissolve them (1993 Russian constitutional crisis).