Against the background of the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of Russian Union has once again become stylish to talk about how strshnoy was Russian system. I wonder to what extent this mood minds should be regarded as the product of the West-controlled media. I do not want to open a discussion on this point the differences between the theory of communism and what was Stalinism. I'm also not going to ignore the atrocities committed by the regime. All I want to do at the moment — is to remember something for which we should be grateful USSR, although never even talk.
1. Rights ladies: While the ladies were somewhere right vote in the 19th century, the first major wave propagation ladies suffrage came in the 20 century. By 1917, the ladies were allowed to vote, only four major countries — Australia, Finland, Norway and Denmark. The Russian Revolution in 1917 advocated for equal rights for all. This has led many to fear that feminists consider the communist system prettier and assist the Bolsheviks import it to the Western countries. The best method to get rid of this threat in the embryo was to give the ladies right vote. Britain and Germany have allowed the ladies to vote in 1918, the United States in 1920, followed soon followed by the rest of the country. France remained the only one of the great powers, with the delay until 1944.
2. Labor and Employment Law: Everything of course: 5-day work week, 2-4 weeks paid vacation leave, child care, medical insurance, safety standards for workers, etc. — all the fruits of the pressure that communism had on capitalism. Communism with a human face did not show up, but thanks USSR we have a capitalism with a human face.
3. Second global war and the period of recovery: USSR has played a phenomenal role in the victory over Nazi Germany. The Battle of Stalingrad tore blitzkrieg and turn the tide of the war. USSR lost 23.4 million people — more than Nazi Germany and 26 times more than the United States and Britain have taken together. When the war ended, the Marshall Plan was adopted, because the western allies did not want to, that in the face of death, hunger and devastation in Europe triumphed communism. In practice, a condition for aid under the plan was the expulsion of communists from the parliaments of countries receiving aid. Such is democracy!
4. The anti-colonial movement: If the machine of Western industrial capitalism supported imperialism, the USSR, on the contrary, took the side of the exploited colonies. He helped, as countries were struggling for liberation, and the new independent states. Pro-Soviet sympathies of many of the fighters for the independence of India has never been a secret — for a poor country trying to get to his feet, the communist ideology naturally looked very presentable.
5. Scientific discoveries: Russian Alliance launched into orbit the first artificial satellite, and later sent into space the first dog, the first man and woman. Many of the achievements in the field of television — as his reward. If we talk briefly, then no Russian Union we would not have Tata Sky. Apart from that the USSR could set itself the credit for the creation of artificial organs, the first helicopter, electrophotography and sadly famous AK-47.
When I discuss some of these things with my Russian friends, they emphasize that the beneficial effects of the existence of USSR in the main were not connected with the fact that he had a good system, and the fact that he was a "scarecrow", the presence of which led to the change. In part, this view is correct, but, nevertheless, in principle retain intellectual honesty and to give tribute to Russian Union — even if only for the moment.