I am familiar with the American narrative that president Reagan (or perhaps the Hoff) was personally responsible for the collapse of the USSR. However, I am less familiar with international opinions and am keen to understand if and how these differ.
I would like someone to summarise present international opinion on the fall. Perhaps mentioning if this has changed, to see which themes are emphasised differently across cultures and time.
I'm primarily interested in opinion from formerly or presently communist states: Russia, China, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea. Any other popular opinions from other cultures which stand out as unusual should also be mentioned.
Edit: I'm genuinely surprised some people are taking issue with the notion there's an American belief that Reagan ended the cold war. I've heard many Americans say essentially, Reagan increased defence spending and intervention and this caused the collapse of the USSR. Because implicit to their opinion, is that only money matters (which doesn't explain the survival of impoverished dictatorships). This is a view typical amongst right wing Americans. We see it reiterated even in publications like The Economist, and more typically in places like Conservapedia. Most tellingly, in one interview the CIA's head of the Office for Soviet Affairs 1976-87, Melvin Goodman, said:
"I think probably one of the greatest myths in America, in the political discourse now, right now, is that actions of the American government were responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union collapsed like a house of cards because it was a house of cards. It rotted away from within. The economy was rotten, the political process was rotten, they had developed a central government that was no longer believed by people outside of Moscow, there was total cynicism throughout the Soviet system of governance, there was no real civil society. But the Reagan Administration and their—the minions of the Reagan Administration, will tell you that Afghanistan led to the collapse of the Soviet Union itself—the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the collapse of the East European empire. We were saying that this was entirely fanciful. And the United States missed all of this, because they believed their own myths and their own fanciful notions. They had become their own victims of their own lies."
So if that's what the downvotes are about... I think you should reconsider the evidence.
And yes, the Hoff reference was tongue in cheek.