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Crisis in The Kremlin

DOS - 1991

Year 1991
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom (1991)
United States (1992)
Genre Strategy
Theme Cold War, Managerial
Publisher Spectrum Holobyte, Inc.
Developer Barbu Corporation, Spectrum Holobyte, Inc.
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.60
4.25 / 5 - 60 votes

Description of Crisis in The Kremlin

Here's your chance to prove Gorbachev right -- or wrong. Your initial choice as either Ligachov, Yeltsin, or Gorbachov affects your initial posture in domestic and foreign policy which you can adjust at any time.

As with other political sims, the goal here is to be in power the longest without being thrown out by opposing parties. It's a solid sim, although replay value is limited because many crises (e.g. 1986 Chernobyl disaster) do not vary from game to game. Recommended for everyone interested in cold-war era USSR or real-world politics.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

me-ow 2023-07-07 0 point

The linked site to buy this game merely directs one to GOG - which does not have the game either (and seemingly never did).

Steam sells a game by the same title, but this is a remake by different people.

DaveTheMan 2023-05-25 0 point

Can't get past Year 1 because the game Freezes and Mouse Disapeers and can't do anything afterwards/

How can I fix this issie?

PG 2021-05-26 2 points

Why this game isn't abandonware?

Leon 2018-10-15 1 point

This game is a bit of a forgotten gem; it's a surprisingly good political sim. I have downloads for it on my CitK page (, including the manual and a couple mods that improve the game. One of them unlocks post-1991 crises that don't normally appear, such as the Bay of Pigs II scenario.

Ertrael/deadxp, I don't know how to hack the budget or GNP exactly, but you can change the effects of your decisions by editing RESULTS.DAT.

The pasive atheist 2018-09-08 1 point

This game is nearly impossible to play as a hardliner . This is reinforced by 3 stats : never goes past 4 squares
2. Political power never reaches past 4 squares
3. The republics leaving can not be stopped
Please inform my if there is a good hardline strategy / tips.

DS 2017-12-31 0 point

My blog post review:

Ertrael/deadxp 2016-09-16 0 point

Anyone knows how to hack GNP and budget? I tried editing the save but i cannot do this ;_;

RDR253 2015-05-05 1 point DOS version

Crashes on the personal book thing.

bertiejj 2014-11-29 2 points DOS version

can anyone help me?

i downloaded the game on mac but i don't know to play it once it is downloaded
help would be really appreciated :)

SovietWarrior 2013-05-25 0 point DOS version

I got to 2016!

Be careful though, by this time, you probably lost all Soviet republics except the Moscow region.

Zvezda 2012-05-22 0 point DOS version

Hard game but awesome.

Creasy 2011-06-25 0 point DOS version

Wow, nostalgia. Played this back in 1990.

Pellimore 2009-03-19 0 point DOS version

This game is awesome, but unfortionally the game seems to crash for me at a certain point in dec 1989... I have saved, but the game still crashes at the same spot...

Fargle 2008-05-10 0 point DOS version

This is awesome! I never got around to moving this game off of the 5.25" disks before my disk drive died. Now I can play it again! Thanks!

LordBlack 2008-02-22 1 point DOS version

really hard to find indeed ! Time to play :)

yaik7a 2008-02-08 0 point DOS version

guys you will not belive how hard it is to find this game for free to download with catchs

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