This is the same lie that my physics teacher told us in our 11th grade. I lapped it up, as I (along with others, desperately wanted to believe the miracles of soviet union).Communism is why Russia and many of the former USSR republic went from feudal, agriculture-based places to a highly industrialized country within one generation. The USSR was also a space power which could have had a Mars colony by the mid-1980s.
Many years later, I realized this is a lie.
Strange that two people from 2 different countries are believing (believed) a lie about a 3rd country. Power of soviet propaganda.
PS: my comment is about SU developing so much in 1 generation.