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Taking into account the populations of Red China, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Cuba, more than 1.5 billion people–1 in 5 worldwide–are still slaves to single-party communist dictatorships. Twenty-five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union communism is not dead by any means. It seems, too, Putin is willing to resurrect Lenin’s ideology in Russia if the occasion presents itself. In January 2016, the Russian president addressed the All-Russia People’s Front in Stavropol, declaring:
You know that I, like millions of Soviet citizens, over 20 million, was a member of the Communist Party of the USSR and not only was I a member of the party but I worked for almost 20 years for an organization called the Committee for State Security [KGB]. I was not, as you know, a party member by necessity. I liked Communist and socialist ideas very much and I like them still.