Question by Matteo: Was Russia better off under the USSR or is it better off today?
I have studied Russian history through GCSE and have started it at A Level – it is fascinating. I ask this question in absolute hindsight – I am aware that terrible things happened under the USSR. However, in hindsight, were things better under the USSR (this is primarily in reference to Stalin’s reign) than today? This applies politically, economically and socially.
In addition, do you think it fair to state that the USSR was a communist entity as the ‘communism’ established was so different from what Marx and Engels wrote. Even before the USSR, Lenin knew that Russia was skipping a step to communism, in accordance with Marx’s theory about the stages leading up to pure communism.
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Aside from all the negative aspects of the USSR, when I look at Russia today (no offence), I can’t help thinking about Mafia, alcohol and government corruption just about everywhere. However, when I think back to the early days of the USSR, I think of obedience, military conscription, a modernizing country, expanding industry, high employment, control… (Please bare in mind I have only made reference to a few positive things about the USSR – there were may horrors, I know, but I would like to find out what your opinion is)
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Answer by sundae_girl
all that gangster stuff existed in the USSR too, you were just more likely to get caught and freakin shot.
the horrors that occurred during the USSR are really all there is. otherwise it was just the country looking to blow up the rest of the planet with nukes.
and these fine people brought you Chernobyl.
a stuffed democracy is better than a psychotic iron fist rule
Answer by Bilbo
When I went it was still Soviet Union – everyone was restless for change and hankered after the freedoms of the west. Since going back to the former states eg Uzbekistan, people have no dount they are better off now even if some of the massive subsidies they used to enjoy have now gone.
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