Today is the 100th anniversary of the bolshevik revolution in Russia, a tragic event which led to millions of deaths and deprivation of freedom, and (the irony of history) eventually to the dramatic collapse of the unsustainable regime and governance about 70 years later. Although there were achievements, some of them impressive, such as the Soviet space programme, universal and free medical care and education, and cheap housing, Russia nowadays is a much weaker country than before the revolution in 1917. The overall score is minus zero. In the two decades before the revolution, it was one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It was also becoming a more liberal and prosperous society, and, culturally, richer every day. However, such factors as the weak and ineffective czar, the world war, void of reason, growing revolutionary movement of irresponsible and ambitions conmen, gullibility of the population, including intelligentsia and military officers, and some other factors, triggered the tragic events 100 years ago. Hope such madness as the bolshevik (communist) revolution will never happen again in the life of Russia and its people, and they will have a normal, free, civilised and prosperous life with equal rights for all, including LGBT people. Russians do not need another Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Khrushchev or similar criminals.
No more wars and social experiments. No more utopias. I do hope things will get better for Russia and for the other former Soviet republics. In every respect.
And never forget the lesson of 1917.