It may be a bit more a direct and different thing in Russia, but here at least no business is actually truly independent in fact simply registering a new business requires going through this absolutely byzantine process. Like you cannot simply incorporate yourself, which everyone would do to take tax breaks from living expenses for example as a "cost of personal business." It often requires all manner of registration fees and licensing agreements and so on, particularly the more closer you get to challenging the monopolies or duopolies of any of the real powers in this country.
I will take take examples for you.
For starters, my one relative could not register his farm as being "organic." That is because the label itself is "Organic" is a registered trademark and therefore requires licensing fees. The mark itself also allows for a variety of different chemicals to be used, which most typically are also used by the major industrial farms. In order to simply apply for the registration and the licensing fees it costs something like $1200 for that alone. As a result of this, because he is only this tiny small little farm trying to sell tomatoes and eggs or some shit he's literally banned from legally calling his fresh produce which had literally nothing applied to it but chickenshit who themselves had no hormones or anything "organic" because the fee alone would make his small operation utterly unprofitable, which in turn eliminates even the small town farmer as competition to the major agribusinesses which constitute a major power bloc in our midwest. So even with something so simple as calling literally organic produce "OrganicTM" he can get sued and shut down by the state for breaking the law that ultimately protects the major agricorps whose votes every president also wants, especially Republicans.
I'll take for you another example, much more recent.
In my state it's literally illegal to issue any type of cryptocurrency, or to engage in I forget how it's worded but different types of conduct as regards starting and profiting off your own crypto, particularly as regards those who issue private shares in the coin, premints, controlling stakes, insider trader tier stuff etc. The application to a registration fee is on its own $5,000, which mind you they can still turn your application down. There are very few other exchanges than Coinbase legally allowed to buy directly coins and tokens in this state partly for that reason, which meaning you cannot open your own exchange nor PnD scam here, partly because while it's claimed as usual "to protect the consumers" what it's really doing is not simply protecting but controlling the flow of wealth here among the major oligarchs. There are similar laws throughout different states and countries which are banning independent cryptos, in the sense that you literally require millions of dollars of investment and large teams just to issue your own tokens and shitcoins, because said shit tokens while trash on their own and utterly worthless objectively are in fact an investment scheme of the major bankers, corpos, oligarchs, and various other connected investors.
As a result of all this, the state has de facto issued a scheme of patronage without directing it in writing in such a way that anybody without thorough and deep knowledge of legalese could see it for what it is, and the State has itself become the arbiter of who can buy or sell or become a real player, as arbitrated of course by the oligarchs and the corpos because State itself is essentially nothing but an investment scheme and corpo enforcement arm only with various additional byzantine steps so as to obscure it. This includes of course people like Monsanto and Pfizer execs walking through the revolving doors of public-private positions to head State organs like the DEA and FDA and EPA so as to give their blessing on who can and cannot pollute with what chemicals and can or can not form companies as well as turning blind eyes to in theory illegal trades with one while dropping the SEC hammer down on the others. This is also, in part, why private citizens like say Trump, Koch, and Soros piss through millions of dollars on lobbying fees.
What I will tell you is that the main thing differentiating the Russians is because the Russians are notoriously direct and clumsy in everything they do, whereas the Anglo states in particular perfected that Fineprint Smile since long ago. The Russian has no nuance, and within his soul seems an inaptitude to fully or effectively deceive for whatever reason, as though when he lies he wants to tell the truth. Even when we tell the truth it's clear we're wanting to use that truth to lie, and often do, to such an extent I made a running joke with my father about "American honesty, the biggest, best, most beautiful honesty in the world" i.e. using truth and fineprint rules to deceive.
You see, in Soviet Russia even their propaganda was clumsily direct, and everyone knew it was the State and make jokes about it, whereas here even the FBI gets called Marxist. Everything they hate is "Marxists." Their indoctrination is thorough, and it is never detected as such, as mass surveillance, as nonstop propaganda, as censorship, because those words are called for State and not for private businesses. We are bathed in propo from cradle to grave, from radio and TV adds to billboards to popups, on all our food and luxuries and medicines, and we are entirely blind to it. Our power structure is organized similarly so that you have the thorough illusion of it being a different society to say Russia, and do not detect the various obscure mechanisms of the apparatus in order to enforce the will of competing multigenerational wealthy clans, among whom are people like the Bushes for example, or Trumps, or aspiring new clans like Clintons, or Cuomos and Kennedies and Bidens. They are effectively an aristocracy, and with certain complete useless retards like Kardashians consolidating their power for some reason, or Hilton clan hijacking the nightly news to advertise themselves and their own interests, and to then use the State apparatus to enforce their will against the competition.
It is at the point to me now where whenever I hear the latest advisory such that "cane sugar can give you cancer and kill you!" I simply blithely assume that some other corpo like the corn industry has recently gained a stronger hold over the sugar industry partly via the organs of State, whose utilization and patronage is vital towards become a real power that likewise competes with shaping the domestic and foreign policies.
So, in truth, we still have much the same as what you described, only without any of the clumsy Russian directness, but instead the Anglo finesse, insidiousness, and perfidy in totally obscuring itself. Simply so much as me renting a flat requires all kind of fees and dumb shit that more often than not goes to another company, which is owned by another holder, who is an asset of some conglomerate incorporated in Florida or Delaware. Simply trying to find out who actually owns the property I am renting to never own and giving my money to is itself a byzantine process, and assuredly they're lawyered up and shielded and given the blessing somewhere up on high where I cannot even see them or who even owns it and is registered with everyone from the BBBBetter Business Bureau
to God Himself only knows what agencies and registrations and licensings to whom he himself owes his vassalage.