Did you know that stolypin created the anticommunist sentiment in ukraine and belorus? His plan was to encourage the creation of middle class yeomen or kulaks in those areas(through land loans) which would be an anticommunist political and financial bulwark, while great russian peasants were basically rentier farm laborers for their former masters or an industrial proletariat living in hellish conditions for barely any pay.
BTW if the Russian empire was so technologically advanced, why did it have to import all heavy machinery, like thornycroft boilers from england or germany? Every single russian warship was designed by westerners and/or built by westerners.
The same anticommunists who criticise the soviet union for importing western tech ignore these facts. The USSR had an excuse, a devastating civil war and utter technological backwardness. The russian empire had only its own aristorcratic inertia and backwardness as its excuse.
Russian imperial artillery and firearms were mostly designed by foreigners by the 19th century. The berdans, krnka rifles, russian smith and wessons had no ethnic russian input in their designs. The mosin nagant too wasnt fully russian. The russian impier just copied the maxim. They just copied the chauchat. Name me a single russian impeiral firearm which was mass produced and not designed by a westerner for hire? I can only think of the lender guns, putilov guns and fyodorov gun.
Moreover, the russian military officer corps was mainly a "varangian guard" for the romanovs consisting baltic german aristocrats. It was an ethnic aristocratic clique that didnt recruit based on skill but noble and ethnic connections. This lead to general incompetence which lead to the defeats at tannenberg, the russojapanese war, etc.
As for the lamenting about sikorsky, that guy just built helicopters and some flying boats and most of his designs were utter failures produced in boutique quantities. His helicopter designs are utterly inferior to the homegrown mil and kamov. The USSR became a leader in helicopter design by the 60s, so so much for the "loss" of sikorsky.