Russia has always been a corrupt society under one man rule. First there were the Tsars, then the communists and now Putin. There were two, brief attempts at democracy after the Tsars and after the fall of the USSR. Both attempts failed and Russia has reverted to one man rule. Throughout it all, corruption has flourished and now Russia is exporting its criminal classes to the rest of the world.
The US began as a largely corruption free democracy. It is difficult to pinpoint the beginnings of our corruption, but I place it between 1865 and the 1890s, the end of the Civil War and the first Gilded Age. Industrial production surged in the North, great wealth was created and not shared. We are now in the midst of the second Gilded Age, where corruption is now open and brazen. I judge that Russia and the US, coming from different political origins, are now equally corrupt. Since we are still operating under a nominally democratic political system, I believe that our chances of correcting our problems are greater than they are currently in Russia. Let us start to do that by draining the swamp in Washington from top to bottom.
Trump must go