Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Romania, East Germany, Poland and Albania were the countries that comprised the Communist Bloc during the Cold War. Politicians also referred to it as the Iron Curtain, the Eastern Bloc or the Soviet Bloc. The Communist Bloc was a matter of contention between Europe and the Soviet Union as the struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States developed.
The Communist Bloc counties were held in the alliance by military force from the Soviet Union. The Red Army invaded countries such as Hungary and Czechoslovakia numerous times.
Puppet regimes elected through fraudulent elections controlled the Communist Bloc countries. Most of the countries were taken over through manipulative political plans and violent attacks on the citizens until a Communist regime was put into place. Citizen of the Communist Bloc countries were forbidden to practice religion due to the state atheism enacted by the government. Many civil liberties were violated while the Communist Bloc existed.
As the power of the Soviet Union waned during the 1980s, Communist Bloc countries began to revolt against the corrupted government systems. By 1989, the Communist Bloc was dissolved. The tearing down of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989 marked the end of the Communist Bloc.