On Dec. 8, 1991, Soviet premier Boris Yeltsin met with the leaders of several other regions of the Soviet Union, and signed an agreement saying that the Soviet Union was dissolved. They formed the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). With the release of the citizens from the inron grip of the Soviet government, law-abiding citizens and criminals alike sprang to life each having their effect on the countried involved as they experimented with freedom for the first time in living memory. Some say that the American arms buildup by Ronald Reagan was instrumental in the Soviet collapse, when the Soviets tried to keep up and their economy failed as a result. But it is more likely that the Soviet system was heading for collapse anyway, due to inefficient central planning and an economic philosophy that discouraged effort and productivity. The Reagan arms race may have given it an extra push, but it was headed for collapse anyway. The collapse of the Soviet Union freed more people from oppressive dictatorship at one stroke, than ever in the history of the world. It also demonstrated once and for all the unworkable nature of large, overbearing central government planning and socialistic economic theory.