What is particularly funny from a historical perspective is the fact, that the Soviet Union was probably more democratic at its and than any other country compared.
Imagine the Spain or UK holding a referendum to let go Catalunya or Scotland. Yeah, we saw that, right? Catalunyan separatists of 2013 still root in jail, and we have witnessed a country on a brink of civil war.
Europe is so fully loaded with separatism, that I actually understand its attitude.
The fate of SU was to be established by an all-around referendum, but the results were not what local regimes expected and desired.
People of the Soviet Union decided to keep the country together. Still, it was not enough for local party elites. Just take a look at the names of the rulers there.
All of them, any single one, came out from republican soviets. Some of the regimes established there used to be totalitarian, but democracy and freedom-loving Ze Wezt gave a shit about that, as long as those were separating from the SU and made the SU smaller and weaker. The critical point was when the smaller nations tried to decide their fate as well, seceding from newly created subjects, because they were considering Russia as an ally and guarantee of their independance.
And that was not allowed, because we love freedom and democracy.
And we love our sons of a bitches