Russia is a unique country. It's far from communism. I have many friends (and family!) in Russia who would kill to have the Soviets back. It's complicated. After the wall fell, which was a calculated move by the Soviet oligarchs, all of those oligarchs used their money that they had plundered from the State to invest; in properties, industry, etc. The "collapse of communism" was really more like an IPO of Russia. The old oligarchs got insanely rich from it, and the average Soviet citizen became even more poor and confused, having never dealt with the realities of capitalism before.
This is what fuels the intense Soviet nostalgia in the wider Eastern Bloc. And believe me, it's a widely felt force. Before, you knew you couldn't trust the government. But you could count on three squares a day and a job. People knew how to navigate that political climate. Now, you can't trust the government, and you're one check away from homelessness in a freezing Russian winter, living in a condemned 500 unit apartment block on the outskirts of Moscow, and Gazprom wants to buy the land to build a refinery. Things are even worse than they were under "communism". Just because there's a Gucci store downtown now doesn't mean shit.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that Putin is a dick, but he's a dick that we created. He's a child of the Soviet oligarchy, but one that was exposed enough to know that he had a huge amount to gain by "selling out" and "cashing in" if you will. We gave Gorbachev a peace prize for plundering his own country. He's not trustworthy, but don't act like he's a Soviet hangover; he's a whole new breed of oligarch - 100% capitalist.