It is well known that a solid majority of Russians, and large pluralities of Ukrainans, Armeniana, Moldovans, and Belarussians would like to see some kind of reformation of the USSR, as bad a place as it was.

Yes, it was indeed a bad place to be in a lot of ways. In a lot of other ways, maybe not so much.

As the young Soviet-backers in Russia today are fond of saying, the commerce moves on Soviet streets. The Soviets, in spite of some pretty stupid squanderings in places like Afghanistan (and gee, I’m sure GLAD we don’t do that,) did take a pretty wild place and give it some fairly solid infrastructure and social services.

20 years after the USSR died, it looks like a lot of that is now falling apart, because everything is privatized (or more accurately, under the control of fatcat cronies.) And the average schmuck is, as always, going to pay the price for 2 decades of greed and neglect.

Ain’t freedom grand?

Twenty years after emerging from the wreckage of the former Soviet Union, the five countries of Central Asia are grappling with an accelerating collapse of their physical and human infrastructure, threatening dire consequences for their near-term stability, warns a new International Crisis Group report.

“Quietly but steadily, Central Asia’s basic human and physical infrastructure – the roads, power plants, hospitals and schools and the last generation of Soviet-trained specialists who have all this running – is disappearing,” says the report entitled “Central Asia: Decay and Decline. “Post-independence regimes made little effort to maintain or replace either, and funds allocated for this purpose have largely been eaten up by corruption.”

The crisis, the report finds, is most accute in the two poorest countries, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, where local experts say that in the next few years there will be no more teachers or doctors. “Experts in both countries are haunted by the increasingly likely prospect of catastrophic systemic collapse, especially in the energy sector,” it says.

Things aren’t that much better in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, and even Kazakstan, the best-off of the former Soviet Central Asian republics, is being “tested by infrastructure deficiencies, particularly in transportation and training of technical cadre,” the report warns.

The bottomline: unless steps are taken by the regimes and their international donors to halt the deterioration, poverty and anti-government anger will deepen, fueling instability and providing Islamic radical groups with “further ammunition against regional leaders.”

Well well. Looks like the Land of Lenin…. is ready for Lenin. Whod’a thunk?

In all seriousness, the USSR served the purpose of maintaining a bit of balance around the world, as the greedy were afraid to get TOO greedy because that monolith was sitting there, waiting to pump propaganda to the wretched masses. With no brakes on their greed, the oligarchs worldwide are enjoying a field day like no other in the history of the world, while their societies collapse around them.

Something, somehow, must be done to bring a little sanity and balance back to the world. That may have begun in Africa AND aLBANIA ALREADY. wE’LL SEE.

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