I didn't mean to suggest that Russia wasn't spending anything on its military but, ominously, that it's managing to hide its expenditures from the CIA, a feat that even China, Iran and North Korea appear unable to get away with.
And Gorbachev was a fool in that he thought the major mistake of Soviet Russia was it's social repression, not it's backwards-ass system of economics. If he had followed Deng Xiaoping's route and turned his country towards a tentative, state-tended capitalism then there's a chance that the old guard would still be in power.
Also, while Yeltsin and Putin weren't elected into power, they did face elections to reaffirm their leadership. However, it is interesting that post-Soviet Russia has not experienced a peaceful transition of power. I'm not really worried about the country at the present, but I the developments are more interesting than I knew of and I think it's worth keeping an eye on it.
“It is a strange paradox that today’s central banks are generally staffed by economists, who by and large profess a belief in a theory which says that their jobs are, at the best, unnecessary, and more likely wealth-destroying. Needless to say, this is not a point widely discussed among respectable economists. Nevertheless, it is an issue worth pondering.”
George Cooper, The Origin of Economic Crises