| We all hoped for Russia to go from communism to democracy. It doesn't appear to be heading that way. I am sort of perplexed if it is a bad thing long term for Russia. First of all, I don't know of a succesful C to D transformation in history. That means I don't know. Examples otherwise certainly welcome. Mainly though, I always wondered how "communal" property could be privatized. It seems it couldn't. Either crime or fascism, or more properly, crime and corruption leading to fascism seem to have been the options.
It all hinges on Putin. A fascist government led by a benign ruler is the best government of all, but those nasty decades, or centuries, or millenia that come between them make us put up with duh-ya and flipper.
My central point is that the property issue in Russia had to get resolved. It looked like the crime bosses were going to be the future leaders of Russia. Now, it looks like Putin is the leader of Russia. Which is worse? I know I don't know, and that's because our news covers dead white chicks whose husbands probably killed them rather than international news. (One of those reasons why we are unpopular overseas/across borders)