A

It strengthened those with democratic governments.

Explanation:

Till January 1991, the Soviet Union was the world’s largest state and a power to be reckoned with.

However, its collapse was inevitable due to a variety of reasons. As Gorbachev tried to revitalize both the economic and political spheres, it became apparent that the Soviet regime was no longer up to date with the challenges that the state was facing.

The fall of the Soviet Union meant the loss of leverage over the Eastern block and also more opportunities for Western European countries to gain power at the world stage. Subsequently, the Soviet satellites joined the NATO and European family not as little brothers but as equals.

Chronologically, all the states in Eastern and Central Europe that were more or less under the USSR’s control after the WW2 joined the European Union and established democracies and mixed or free market economies.

The Soviet Union strike - painting.
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