Russia's 20th century development without Communism


Ad Honoris
May 2014
What do you think that Russia's 20th century development would have looked like had the Bolshevik coup of 1917 failed?

For instance, do you think that Russia would have become a developed country by now?

Also, do you think that Russia would have retained all of the territories of the Russian Empire other than Poland and perhaps Finland?

Do you think that Russia would have become a huge industrial powerhouse like the U.S. is right now?

Do you think that a lot of Central Asians and Caucasians would have moved to the Russian interior during the 20th century in this scenario in a Russian version of the U.S.'s African-American Great Migration?

Do you think that the Caucasus and/or southern Central Asia would have become Russia's version of the U.S.'s Sun Belt in the late 20th and/or early 21st century?

Any thoughts on all of this?


Ad Honorem
Feb 2010
Canary Islands-Spain
One of the main points in favour of Communism in Russia was the slow Tzarist economic development, and the fast pace of it during the period 1930-1970

However, I remember to have read a paper where Tzarist economic development was not that bad, with some structural innefficiencies. The plunge during the Civil War was horrible, and the economic advance during the planned economy phase was not faster than other developing countries.

In comparation particularly to Japan development, it seem Russia lagged behind.

However, I'm not sure things could go that smooth for Russia, because of its troublesome territory compromises