In the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, the Supreme Soviet, as its separatist legislature is known, is nationalizing coal mines and reviving collective farms. At parades, people wave hammer-and-sickle flags; school officials talk of revising the curriculum to celebrate the triumphs of the Soviet Union.This sort of thing has happened before, in other contentious corners of the former Soviet Union like Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the Caucasus. One of the oddities of these movements is that while extolling the Soviet state they also promote the Orthodox church -- "We're for every sort of authority, not matter how contradictory!"
There is now a secret police force called the M.G.B., reminiscent of the K.G.B. Some rebels call it, only half-jokingly, the N.K.V.D., the notorious Stalin-era secret police force.
I think communist nostalgia springs from two roots: one is national humiliation, and the other is that the sad fact that the New World Order just isn't working very well for millions of people, including many factory workers in the former Soviet Union.