Russia, an empire undergoing decolonization
The Communists claimed to be anti-imperialist, and even abstained from using Russian nationalist tropes it was easy for Russians to think the Soviet Union was all the same homeland. That's where the popular confusion in Russia comes from.
Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on Aug. 30, was hated by most older Russians because the Soviet Union, the country they were born into, broke apart on his watch. His current successor, Vladimir Putin, pictured, is now waging a war to put it back together writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons