Posted by: 1of10boyz | March 24, 2013

I have often wondered if there was a difference and how I would know.

China Daily Mail

24 Hammer SickleFor a Russian to live in Beijing is to experience time travel.

Things long gone in Russia still appear in China with no sense of irony. There are endless displays of hammer-and-sickles, Red stars, and exhortations to Obey the Communist Party.

There’s the rhetorical deification of the worker and the peasant. “Public-security volunteers,” elderly men and women with red armbands and a lot of time on their hands, lounge on little folding stools, sizing up passers-by.

There are five-year plans, and front-page headlines screaming “Socialist path reaffirmed”.

I thought I left all of this in the 1980s’ Leningrad

But no, it’s all still here in Beijing, instantly recognizable even behind Chinese characters that give it  a new spin. It’s tempting to think how Russia and China have changed over the last 20 years.

But in fact the opposite is true: their political systems remain remarkably similar.

Both ditched Communism a…

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