- Jan 2011
Stalin was Georgian... Khrutshev and Brezhnev ukrainian.... Chevarnadze georgian..... Mikoyan (MiG planes) armenian..... and so on.... Opportunity has meaning in any society..... its about having the possibility to achieve high positions in that societyWas that really the case? Do elaborate in light of the fact that the concept of opportunity doesn't mean much in a closed communist country.
Maybe not in Donald Trump - Louisiana swamp poacher or Mukesh Ambani - starving South Indian farmer sense but very much there. In communist countries (the ones that follow communist economy) riches come with power and position in government. Central committee and politburo members all had private dachas in Moscow suburbs while the urban population lived in the pigeonholes of government apartments.
As a rather graphich example, Baku (the capital of Azerbaidjan) was a multicultural city..... after the fall of the USSR the azeris ethnically cleansed the armenians..... And this is by no means the only example of post USSR ethnic conflict
The fact that a few privileged had access to benefits (which btw were relatively modest and mostly invisible to the rest of population) does not change the fact that compared to today, the rich/poor divide was de facto non existent...