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Crisis in the Kremlin

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Can you save the Soviet Union from crumbling? Good luck, Comrade President. You’re going to need it. 

Originally released in 1991, Crisis In The Kremlin is a political strategy game where the player becomes the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Begin Perestroika (the reformation) of the USSR by controlling budget, power, and public favor to determine the future of the Soviet people. 

Choose between the reformists, nationalists, and hardliners to decide how you wish the USSR will grow over the next 5 years. Adjust budget for agriculture, military, transportation, or construction to bend the country towards modernization or continue the trajectory of a centralized government.

Each player choice has a benefit or consequence creating a varied storyline of events. Cut the agriculture budget and there will be a food shortage. Increase the military budget and gain favor with the KGB (but lose it with the general population). Every action will determine who supports you, how your people will thrive, and whether or not you can save the USSR from crumbling into ruins. 

Reviews from the Original Release (1991):

“It bears an eerie resemblance to actual events right down to the warning message about the players health…” -CNN 

“...give it to President Bush and he can figure out where it’s (the Soviet Union) going.” - Good Morning America 

Crisis in the Kremlin
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Original platforms
Initial release date
Jan 1, 1991
Original Developer
Barbu Corporation, Spectrum Holobyte, Inc.


  • Choose to play as Boris Yeltsin, Michal Gorbechov, or Yegor Ligachyov to determine who has your allegiance and how your strategy will proceed
  • Real recordings from the KGB in the hardliner storyline  
  • Watch your decisions change history through video newscasts, newspapers, and other media
  • Historically accurate events and dialogue


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