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  1. The imperial metropolis/colony approach applied to the USSR and COMECON countries is not entirely correct. National economic relations were not considered separately from such concepts as international solidarity and “fraternal mutual assistance”, and the fact that this concept is now being “forgotten” was quite vital for that time. It was not for nothing that the new community of the Soviet People was mentioned, and the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON) gradually expanded its ties even to capitalist countries. It would be misleading to consider such Eastern European countries as the GDR, Czechoslovakia, Poland, or Romania, with its oil fields, as backward. And the assistance provided by the PRC still brings its very significant economic bonuses to the post-Soviet “heirs” in the form of ambitious contracts and billion-dollar deals. If it hadn't been for this help, there would now be no BRICS and many other economic alliances in which today's Russia participates, and puffing out its cheeks is ringing at every opportunity. The fact that we could not survive as a single national economic complex is not due to the correct or incorrect mixing of debit and credit, but to much deeper basic contradictions.

  2. Of course, the Soviet Union contained the countries of Eastern Europe. Obviously, they were not the most economically developed countries on the continent, so it would be unrealistic to exploit them for such a huge country as the USSR. For example, the Union supplied the socialist countries with oil and gas at absolutely ridiculous prices, which in no way correlated with world prices. In return, the socialist camp countries supplied a variety of consumer goods that were highly valued by Soviet citizens because they were cut off from the global consumer market-furniture, shoes, clothing, crystal, costume jewelry, and household appliances… The result of this trade was that after the collapse of the socialist camp, the USSR (and Russia, as its legal successor) became a debtor to the countries of Eastern Europe.

  3. Economically-to a greater extent supported.

    Politically, he exploited me to a greater extent.

    He supported the economy in exchange for defining the political and economic system.

  4. The USSR, or rather the RSFSR and the AzSSR, contained other 13 republics of the USSR and many other countries on the planet.

    This was done initially to spread communism, and then just as a game. This is such a joke, who will win, as now in Syria

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