Commonwealth of Independent States
Definition/Scope: Association of sovereign states formed in 1991, and comprising Russia and 14 other republics that were formerly part of the Soviet Union. The Commonwealth had its origins on Dec. 8, 1991, when the elected leaders of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus (Belorussia) signed an agreement forming a new association to replace the crumbling Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.).
Used For:Former Soviet republics
Narrower Terms:Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty