This one page historical reading plus one page of questions summarizes the series of events that brought about the end of communism in Eastern Europe and Russia. It is designed for middle school or high school students. The reading is visually appealing and broken into chunks. It can be used for classwork, homework, research or as a platform for projects. Questions are content based and designed to target essential content acquisition. If interested in similar Cold War readings, check other offerings by this author. A set of 8 readings is available as a Cold War unit. Cold War (plus lesson suggestions).