However accurate, there is no question that Putin is close to oligarchs such as Roman Abramovich, who profited as post-Soviet Russia collapsed into economic chaos thanks to western-backed “shock therapy”.
No, that’s not what happened at all. Russia was bust. The economy was dead and buried. It wasn’t shock therapy that pouhed it over the edge at all. Shock therapy is the only thing that got it moving again.
FFS, winter of 1990 even sodding beetroot was on the ration. I was there: the Soviet economy collapsed internally, nowt else.