I am not breaking my permanent rule about avoiding comments on Russian politics. I am a guest in Russia, and one does not criticise one's hosts. I will merely observe that the Russians are doing their best in difficult circumstances to retreat in an orderly fashion from the path they followed for 80+ years.
This blog is about British politics. The point of this post is to highlight the type of nostalgia which only a British leftist could feel for the "certainties" of the Soviet Union. Yes there are "winners and losers" in today's Russia. The BBC's correspondent might (or might not) like to compare the fate of today's losers with those of the Soviet era.