// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2021. No I (L) . P. 9-22
Abstract. The article analyzes the main key events in the development of the thirty-year history of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as the main structure operating in the post-Soviet space. The main stages of the formation of the CIS as a full-fledged international organization are shown; the characteristics of its structure and statutory bodies are given. Special attention is paid to the essential aspects of the development of the CIS in 2020–2021, as well as the current state of this organization, the direction of its activities in the context of overcoming the negative consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The possible alternatives for the development of the Commonwealth in the near future have been predicted.
Keywords: Commonwealth of Independent States, “Belovezhsky agreements”, international organization, conflicts, structure, the main bodies of the CIS, chairmanship in the CIS, development alternatives
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