I really liked the image chosen and agree that it clearly defines one of the great struggles of communism. China had to do much of the same thing during their economic reforms in an attempt to stave off the starvation of millions. It’s crazy to think that while the aid was needed and even welcomed, it was never formally recognized
Russia definitely was attempting to emulate the West in many respects in order to advance their economy. Although they did modernize, they decided to maintain their autocratic institutions. I thought you did a great job in emphasizing the continuing existence of their governmental institutions despite Western influence changing the society those very same institutions were governing.