Didn't the tsars rule for 400 years? They basically made russia into what it was/is. Actually it was because the west largely ignored russia, and stalin want influence, so he sought and found it with nazi germany. It didn't matter who or what they were. They decided up the world. And to the USSR they were tools, to be used in the millions . Didn't matter if they lived or died as long as they served a purpose. Both ideologies are despicable. Again the general consensus what democracy was and should be was even then quite different even in those western european states then what we consider it to be now. Its seem somehow you want to justify the occupation of eastern europe. It wasn't, what the sovjets and mainly russians did was just as bad as those regimes before.