I kinda trying to avoid talks about soviet invasins in warshaw pact countries because for people who live in this countries this is very sensetive and happy or sadly, unlike germany who accepted it's defeat and apologize for world wars many times, russians most probably in majority never accept that soviet union did something bad and never accept defeat in 1991 os it cause a lit problems while talking with baltic states, or warchaw pact states who view their communist rejimes as direct opression from russia. I trying to view on this as on history that happen back than in different times with different people who did different decidions, and thier examples and past cases should not take as some possible path for modern russia, which need relise that it's not soviet union, drop current corrupted goverment into le trash and go like all other european countries into way of rising it's quality of life, servises, economy etc.
Meme about ineffective economy is 100% applyed to USSR too. But instead of taking foreign loans we just used our own economical potential and ruined it to shit. Well, planned economy can not work wevery well but it can work at least at basis, but our GLORIOUS LEADERS with 55iq turned it into some sort of absolute meme that broke itself.
Goverment created dumb plans of things that nobody need --> corrupt g-mans who in charge oh factories, kolhozes, facilities claimed that they produced 150% more over plan while they not produced even half of that and nobody in fucks sake need this shit they produce --> on next party meeting another half-dead 99yo GLORIOUS LEADER talk about how many awesome things we managed to produce and how it's much more than whole west produced for same time and create new plan for next 5 years
Add to it that
1.A lot of goods and most quality things exported to west to show how awesome soviet production, also send to other socialist countries to make immersion in DDR, Chezoslovakia etc. that current system really produce awesome shit and better than capitalist system already even if it's not.
2.Military production>civil production. On tanks was spend like million times more monies that was on civil cars. On rifles and bombs gazzilion times more than on toys for children or dress for people. Even happened things like that - if civil factory give their remnants of production to military factories, they will be rewareded. And this rewards was MORE THAN REWARDS FOR PRODUCTION ITSLEF. So this factory just take all material they got to produce whatever they want and break it into shit insteat of produce anything and send this to military and rewarded more.
3.Absoluetly dumb plans. Planning what people need is very hard, but they not even managed to try. Deficit is most known meme of USSR. Thousand and thousand of people in line trying to buy "rare" things that hard to get. Yes, to get - this how it was called in USSR, not "buy" thing, but "get" them. Of cource this boring GIANT CORRUPTION. Rare goods traded only if you know certain people (g-mans in charge of shops, traiding posts, storages) who hide rare goods and trade thme only to certain people. People also traveled from one city to another to get even things like kielbasa or boots.
known joke: -What is long, green and smeel like kolbasa? -Train from Leningrad/Moscow/other city with high category of supply
4.Bad quality of production. Well, quality often was oppsoite, very good, but very outdated. Packaging of goods, harvesting, manufacturing and storaging often used outdated methods, and since a lot of things go to military production, nobody wanted to improve it. So a lot of fruits and vegedables rooten, food become bad before it managed to go into stores, great part of actual industrial achivments lost before people can consume it.
But yes, a lot people still prefer even it than current situation. High praces, very low wages. Terrible quality of products, terrible social servises. In SU you can get apartament for free - nowdays generations of people live in one apartament because with averege wage of 20k in o.k. city standart one-room apartament cost like 1,5million or nowdays even 2. Goverment servises are terrible - police are aggresive corrupted gang than majority of people fear or hate, firefighters are one of the worst in the world - recent things in kemerovo show it clearly. USSR had terrible production distribution but Russiand Federation has no any production at all. In USSR propoganda said that all nations and all races of soviet union love each other and people belived it - now people see that everybody hate russians. Democracy? In soviet union you had authoritarian goverment with GLORIOUS LEADER in charge for 20 years, nowdays you have same, but current leaders who are litteraly bandits from 90s, oligarhs and criminals have much less respect in human eyes than even soviet leaders.
I don't like sovok, but even I, overwiew current russia can say that in somce cases I'd better live in SU than in current shithole called "russia".