With the coming to power of Gorbachev, as well as his restructuring and publicity, the political activity of citizens sharply increases in the country. Protests and, as a result, clashes with law enforcement officials are gaining popularity.
In the republics, national forces are beginning to raise their heads. So, when trying to put "his" person in the place of the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan, Moscow receives mass demonstrations that captured the capital of the republic, the city of Alma-Ata. Protests are suppressed by internal troops.
A number of ethnic conflicts are raging. Skirmishes between Russians and Yakuts occur in Yakutia. In Crimea, the Tatars require the restoration of the autonomy of the peninsula. In the Kazakh New Uzen - a massacre between representatives of the North Caucasus and local Kazakhs. Clashes between Georgians and Abkhazians take place in Sukhumi. The Karabakh conflict begins to flare up.