and Estonia was on level of FinlandSo you're another ex-Russian, but please; use some historical context about this.
Russia's Eastern neighbours have always been richer than the empire due to plenty of reasons, one of them being - what even Russian poster admitted in this very thread - that the Russian empire, unlike e.g. the British one, wasn't able to ensure good standards of living even to its own dominant nation! Another reason: you suffered from communism (or rather "real socialism") for longer than any of your European forced allies. But anyway, do you know that:
- before the Second WW, Czechy were richer than Austria and even some German lands?
- while Poland remained on the level of Spain?
Compare it to our current standards in relation to other EU members and you'll get - especially as we suffered from devoting consumers' good in favor of military complex as well, thanks, and the general results of our trade with the SU were beneficial for Soviets, as I've mentioned - what we "owe" to Soviet-introduced communism in the economic terms, even despite our generally successful attempts to make up for it since 1989/90!