Russia needs to compete with the west in everything if they want to become seen as an attractive market.. IF you look at things.. again and again and again.. every nation in eastern Europe or EuroAsia preffer the European Union and US.. not because of their "freedom" or "liberties" but because they are way more advanced and modern nations
when it comes to technology for business or for civilians. Russia is like a Giant factory that you can buy everything to develop technology.. and US and EU is like a Shopping Mall for people to buy already developed technology produced by them.
Russia needs to develop for God Sake a semiconductor Computer Industry.. Putin is eating shit for a decade buying
computers from the west and software ready to spy in their business. They now planning to develop processors but only for government use..
Iphones ..is shameful to see Russia long lines for people to buy american hardware...when they could do better.
Software.. even more inexcusable that Russia do not have an Operating System comparable to Windows 8 or Apple Leopard ,when even North Korea have one that is pretty decent and do not have all the Spy shit inside of american software. Game developing Industry , nearly doesn't exist either in Russia.. Is inexcusable that a nation like Canada with only 35 million citizens have one of the Giants in game industry world wide like Ubisoft ,and Russia have nothing that is world to mention. Movie industry ,Home theaters equipment , Audio.. etc.. the list doesnt end..
They do have the capabilities to make state of the art military , but doing nothing on the technology for business and civilians use.
Had Russia had at least a decent Semiconductor Industry that competes with the west , a decent Software Industry and a decent movie Industry , and heck even a music industry ..and their most important cities clean and not dirty ,then they could attract more nations to want to be like Russia. But so far ,what we see until now is countries that join Russia trade blocks because they have no choice. Since the west do not accept membership unless you give away your Sovereignty and territorial integrity and install NATO military bases.
So in Summary Russia needs.. to compete in..
Computers with Software Industry , Movie industry , Music industry ,Entertainment Industry and having decent Cars that everyone wants to buy will be a Plus. Is pathetic for example and totally inexcusable that in a hundred of years , Russia did not developed Civilians Planes that could compete with americans Boeing 747 ..and that now ,recently is that they compete with the SUkhoi Superjet 100.
Russia needs an major Education Reform.. ,like Germany ,Brazil ,Cuba etc.. that is mandatory ,and its citizens are given all the tools to understand how any kind of technology is created..Everyone should be keep busy learning something or building technology.. from radios /TVs ,Audios ,Computers etc.. Thats the way Russia can become a
real alternative to the west.. But for now the problem Russia have is that No one consider Russia as an alternative to USA or Europe that is integrated into american business. And this will not change not even if Russia modernize 100% its army and create an army that surpass in every way shape or form US and NATO combined. The only Thing Russia offer to others is cheap Gas and security and that can be debatable after how they have allowed their allies like Syria to be beaten so much.