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9th Jul '16 3:07:06 PM jameygamer
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9th Jul '16 3:05:22 PM jameygamer
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* Many citizens of old Soviet bloc countries miss Communism: because it's what they knew; [[GloryDays because they were important back then]]; or, indeed -- surprisingly enough for a Western reader -- because they were more prosperous then than they are now (some others do not miss Communism regardless, though).

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* Many citizens of old Soviet bloc countries miss Communism: because it's what they knew; [[GloryDays because they were important back then]]; or, indeed -- surprisingly enough for a Western reader -- because they were more prosperous then than they are now (some others from countries such as Hungary and Slovenia do not miss Communism regardless, though).



** This is in part due to the fact that most communist countries, particularly those that broke off from the Soviet Union suffered a major depression after the overthrow of their communist governments (caused partly by disruption of the formerly established economic ties for Cuba, for example, much of its revenue was due to export of sugar and tobacco to the USSR). While many (Poland, Hungary, the Baltics) saw some modest improvements following the turn of the century, others (Ukraine, Moldova, Central Asia) still haven't reached the GDP they had in the Soviet era -- even now, twenty years later.

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** This is in part due to the fact that most communist countries, particularly those that broke off from the Soviet Union suffered a major depression after the overthrow of their communist governments (caused partly by disruption of the formerly established economic ties for Cuba, for example, much of its revenue was due to export of sugar and tobacco to the USSR). While many (Poland, Hungary, the Baltics) saw some modest modest-to-decent improvements following the turn of the century, others (Ukraine, Moldova, Central Asia) still haven't reached the GDP they had in the Soviet era -- even now, twenty years later.
30th Jun '16 2:44:08 AM DeepRed
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** '''#9''': Is YakovSmirnoff out of a job?

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** '''#9''': Is YakovSmirnoff [[RussianReversal Yakov Smirnoff]] out of a job?
30th Jun '16 2:35:42 AM DeepRed
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* A common quote misattributed to UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin: "[[BeamMeUpScotty Whoever doesn't miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.]]"

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* A common quote misattributed [[BeamMeUpScotty misattributed]] to UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin: "[[BeamMeUpScotty Whoever doesn't miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.]]"
21st Jun '16 10:01:01 PM jameygamer
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* Many citizens of old Soviet bloc countries miss Communism: because it's what they knew; [[GloryDays because they were important back then]]; or, indeed -- surprisingly enough for a Western reader -- because they were more prosperous then than they are now.

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* Many citizens of old Soviet bloc countries miss Communism: because it's what they knew; [[GloryDays because they were important back then]]; or, indeed -- surprisingly enough for a Western reader -- because they were more prosperous then than they are now.now (some others do not miss Communism regardless, though).
16th Jun '16 6:57:32 AM Millenia
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** Bitterness towards the unification and its aftermath is rather widespread in East Germany. It's not that people miss Stasi and a one-party system, but many citizens of the old DDR feel that their entire world up until 1989 have been written of as a oppressive failure by a new ruling elite that insists that they are supposed to be thankful for being let in again.

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** Bitterness towards the unification and its aftermath is rather widespread in East Germany. It's not that people miss Stasi and a one-party system, but many citizens of the old DDR feel that their entire world up until 1989 have been written of off as a oppressive failure by a new ruling elite that insists that they are supposed to be thankful for being let in again.
18th May '16 3:59:03 PM Taskmaster123
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** During the late 1990's and the early 2000's, it was not at all uncommon to find active-duty US military personnel who served a good part of their careers during the cold war of the 70's and 80's, and these comparatively young people often found themselves recalling the Cold War with an almost nostalgic fondness. Things were so much simpler back then. ''The mission was to keep the Russians on thier side of the fence.'' No threat of worldwide terrorism, no Homeland Security alerts, no downsizing of the military, no endless series of "peacekeeping" missions in the Middle East...
13th May '16 10:42:48 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Many people in the former Yugoslavia will, understandably, be nostalgic for the rule of UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito after the [[TheYugoslavWars bloody race wars]] [[CrapsackWorld and economic stagnation of the 90s]].

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* Many people in the former Yugoslavia will, understandably, be nostalgic for the rule of UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito after the [[TheYugoslavWars [[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars bloody race wars]] [[CrapsackWorld and economic stagnation of the 90s]].
3rd May '16 5:16:34 PM dotchan
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* An ad for [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain some company]] highlighted the hazards of the crumbling of the Soviet Bloc: it seemed that every second a new country was being formed (or unformed), necessitating new market update reports.
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18th Apr '16 10:17:37 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Many former Soviet superheroes in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, especially ComicBook/IronMan specific enemies created during the cold war -- Titanium Man, The Crimson Dynamo. Even Creator/DCComics gets into it with former teams such as the Rocket Red Brigade.

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* Many former Soviet superheroes in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, especially ComicBook/IronMan specific enemies created during the cold war -- Titanium Man, The Crimson Dynamo. (A few of them tried forming teams of good guys like the People's Protectorate and later the Winter's Guard, but as heroes, they just couldn't garner much PopularityPower.) Even Creator/DCComics gets into it with former teams such as the Rocket Red Brigade.


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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Bart and Lisa watching a pro wrestling match with "Rasputin the Friendly Russian". He had formerly been called "Rasputin the Mad Russian", but his name was changed following the collapse of the Soviet Union. It didn't help his popularity at all, it seemed; his much anticipated "wrestling match of the century" ended rather quickly with his opponent hitting him over the head with a wrench.
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