This is not true. As someone who has lived equal parts of life in the USA and Russia, I have plenty to compare. In modern Russia, most people own real estate by their 30s, not rent (not just one apartment but usually a country house and land to boot). Healthcare is free. Education is free. Parents receive state compensation for childbirth (about $8K per child). There are many state-funded programs expanding each year. The current system is far from perfect but it’s one of building, not collapse, as the mass propaganda wants to present it. Perestroika was the first step towards a future that’s still in the making (because 30 years is nothing for a huge nation).

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