The Reasons for the fall of Socialism/Communism and the Troubles .
of Starting the New Democratic System in the Russian Federation "Let's .
not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the .
sky." Boris Yeltsin (b. 1931), Russian politician, president. Remark .
during a visit to the U.S. Quoted in: Independent (London, 13 Sept. .
The fall of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union was more .
than a political event. The powerful bond between economics and .
politics that was the integral characteristic of the state socialist .
system created a situation that was unique for the successor states of .
the Soviet Union. The Communist regime was so ingrain in every aspect .
of Soviet life that the Russian people were left with little .
democratic tradition. Russia faces the seemingly impracticable task of .
economic liberalization and democratization. This is combined with the .
fact that the new administration must address human rights issues, .
such as living conditions and the supply of staple goods in this new .
form of administration makes the prospect of a full democratic switch .
To fully understand the scope of the transference of governing .
power in the Russian Federation, one must first look at the old.
Socialist/Communist regime, to see the circumstances under which it .
fell gives a good view of why this transference is almost impossible.
In the beginning Communism seemed to the people of Russia as a .
utopian ideal. The promise of the elimination of classes, of .
guaranteed employment , "The creation of a comprehensive social .
security and welfare system for all citizens that would end the.
misery of workers once and for all." Lenin's own interpretation of the .
Marxian critique was that to achieve Communism there would first have .
to be a socialist dictatorship to first suppress any dissent or .
protest. Through coercive tactics this new government seized power and .