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In the USSR, despite mustering the collective labor of 300 million people by force in a natural resource-rich empire 9 million square miles in size and a dozen countries in scope:

>Only 2% owned a color tv
>Only 4% owned a car
>The average household in the USSR was-and in the Russia Federation remains-about 50 square meters, under 200 square feet. This is less than 1/3rd the size of the apartments in Seattle, which are the smallest in the USA
>The Soviet diet was 44% carbohydrates and starch, and had 1/3rd of the animal protein of the US diet
>More doctors than the UK but had healthcare so poor the life expectancy trended downwards from the mid 60s to the mid 80s
>You could not be legally "unemployed"
>You could not easily choose your occupation or leave your occupation for another
>Being over 20 minutes late to work was a criminal offense resulting in a 25% pay cut for up to six months

Other notable facts
>41% of Germany's industrial production capacity was stolen and reassembled in Russia after the war
>26,000 engineers, scientists, aviation experts and their dependents were similarly transplanted to Russia
>Stalin admitted to Eric Johnston of the US Chamber of Commerce that two-thirds of Russia's industrial capability both during and prior to the war was due to the assistance of the United States (the remaining third being largely a Western European import)
>Fred Koch built or designed the majority of the Soviet-era oil refineries; oil and related products account for something like 60% of Russia's current day exports and 20-30% of their entire current day economy
>Stalin formally abolishing Lenin's Capital-Friendly NEP in 1928 precipitated the Soviet Famine of 1932; famine in the USSR being a recurring pattern only broken through the work of American agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug
>An informal, illegal economy, the "Second Economy" existed throughout the USSR's existence and is estimated to represent between 15-30% of the USSR's economic activity