I know but I just wanted to be clear and not get muddled in the idea that they were better off under communism...I never said it did. I said it was a result.
Stop and think of the chance they had at a better way of life. Unfortunately they really blew it, and so did we and the rest of the world when it came to the fall of communism in Russia. I remeber thinking in the early days how sick it was that the west just threw huge loads of money in there that just went into corrupt systems.
I think more so than any other culture in history the Russians have been the most persecuted and downtroden people. They were ready to break free... then they get hamstrung by this awful new backwards system of corruption and wayward policies. They really are going back in time... it is sad.