I must admit the perspectives and experiences of all of you (thank you all who have commented) are very interesting to me to read. Being born in what was part of the USSR and living in that environment until around age 5 and then finding myself in an anarchy which a few more years later was replaced by a capitalist society (the US) it was certainly an eye opening experience to see both and then do some comparing and contrasting. There is something to be said for the idea that hindsight is 20/20 and perhaps that the zeitgeist of the day can lead us all to be taken over perceptions at certain times that turn out to be transitory or downright incorrect. And as this happens to every generation it compels us (I think) to try to look at those who have come before us with a bit more compassion even if we find the events or choices of those days hard to countenance. I do although only after doing some learning and research in recent years - the same kind of research which prompted me to warn my friends "big changes" are coming in the US in 2015, although won't dirty up the thread with it. However I am keeping an eye on the events unfolding at home today given what has been learned about the past.