This video gives some indication of what it was like.
First, see how many new cars are on the road. Two decades ago, there were nothing but large Soviet cars for officials. There were few cars. It took years to get one if you had the money, plus bribes.
Second, see how many people own webcams, or dashcams. The images are very clear. None of this technology existed a decade ago. Now, they are so cheap that Russians can afford them.
Did socialism work? No. The USSR was dirt poor. Russia is not.
Third, meteorites are scary.
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