Oh, man… In my country the first years were like from a Mad Max movie - free for all. The international criminal mafia shooting each other and everyone, raping employees even in the town hall in daytime. The KGB mafia were not so vicious but even more dangerous because well organized and working methodically. The ‘police’ were operating as mercenaries-for-hire. The industry ruined because everything salvaged and sold for scraps. Rules were actually like in the EVE’s nullsec, just it happened in real life.
By now most of them are dead, and yet some became ‘respectable’ businessmen or politicians. Some even writing books about harmony…
That. Just as Valery Legasov explained this in an academic detail
Yes and no. First of all, the idea of Chernobyl being the official starting date isn’t mine - it is from a clever USA political analyst (don’t ask his name).
But anyway it was a huge shock that strongly affected all of the East European population and woke them up from the ‘soviet dream’. Made them more conscious of their status, made them to start questioning things - because of the fear which is still lingering to this day. The first official resistance - non-russian army divisions refused to participate in the Chernobyl clean-up operations, which was a huge thing for an army.
(There is the brutally shocking book “Voices from Chernobyl” (or “Chernobyl Prayer”) by the Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich - it’s sort of a book that stays with you for the rest of your life. For docu-horror lovers it’s highly recommended)
But you are right, the Chernobyl happened because the system was rotten. On the other hand, the system might have survived for much longer. The Roman Empire didn’t collapse in a day - it took many centuries. The USSR collapsed in few years though. (Another my own conspiracy theory is that the collapse was accelerated by clans-within-KGB for private power&profit aims. Or they just might have used the opportunity).
Thank you for the conversation! Fly safe!