The Berlin wall fell in November 9, 1989 while the offical dissolution of the Soviet Union occurred in December 1991. The economic collapse started in 1989.They were knocked off their feet for a while there, weren't they? Like, after the Berlin Wall came down, didn't Russia's economy crumble?
Socks, mmm nice would love to try a pair of Russian-made socks. What about construction? Moscow and Yekaterinburg have booming construction with lots of new apartment and office buildings popping up every year. Also wikipedia article about Yekaterinburg says industries like heavy machinery, metal processing, metallurgy and military equipment making are very active in the region and the economy is booming and the population is growing leading to new home construction.from tanks and aircrafts to socks and pens is build on foreign supply and technologies.
Interesting that you say this, as over here some experts have suggested that that was the reason for the Salisbury nerve-agent poisonings, whereas others have rubbished the idea. It's also ben suggested by a lest one of the leading emigres that there is now a considerable disconnect between the official Russian government (who may often not know what's really going on and certainly don't control it) and Putin and his gangsterish entourage in the Kremlin - and even that Putin may be losing control of his cronies who may be undertaking operations like Salisbury without his approval.Russian economy is weaker than it seems, almost all its production from tanks and aircrafts to socks and pens is build on foreign supply and technologies. Its budget is generally consists of oil and gas trading with europe. Majority of russian govern members have their relatives living in usa and other western states. So it's absolutely not in its government interests to begin a real war. All this military show is arranged for russian population to distract it from inner problems and concentrate on the enemy form abroad.