I was watching a Simon Reeve documentary on Russia. It was an eye opener. I've supported Russia, but realised (maybe overrepresented by BBC) how much poverty there are in parts of the country and how similar some things the Russian government are doing (closing hospitals, outsourcing housing projects to private developers) to the Tories in the UK. Every Russian they spoke to said that life was better in Soviet Times. Having researched this further, it is the case and has been especially under Putin. So do you think a 2nd Soviet Union should come into play?
They have never left communism- the elite hold the power and the wealth and the ordinary people have zip all.
Good luck forming another soviet union- the Poles, Ukrainians, Romanians and the like would probably rather die than live under that nonsense again.
I’m pretty sure impartial research will show it was worse under the USSR. It’s just under communism there’s a lack of this thing called free will and democracy, socialism doesn’t add much of it but at least there’s some framework plus technology means even those in the most oppressed areas can speak out.
You forget everything said to the media under the USSR was controlled, and don’t forget how poisonous nostalgia can be to accurate memories.