You write if "I know anything about history" ?
I didn't even write that the Russian Empire was great, but it was Russian. The Russian Empire created today's Russia, smartass. You must be a communist when you find it necessary to spend words of criticism for the Russian Empire, because the loss of many millions of people through the Civil war, Stalin's and Lenin's purges, the famine in the USSR, Stalin's "idiocy" about German non-aggression is wrong, and because all of that millions of russians have died. And your talk about the defeat in the Russo-Japanese war has nothing to do with the truth, because its nothing compared to millions of deaths. Not the "Soviets", but the Russians won the battles around Moscow, Stalingrad, the siege of Leningrad and the Battle of Kursk.
This can be clearly seen in the way Victory Day is celebrated in the former republics of the USSR, because it is the only serious thing in Russia and Belarus. The same Belarus that lost the largest percentage of its population in World War II.
Even today, Russia has not recovered demographically, in large part because of the idiot Stalin and his mistakes made in World War II. And while the Russian people have been waiting in line for "Lada" and "Moskvich" for years, the Soviet supreme vermin was driving in "Zil" cars. And don't even mention the Soviets and the USSR to me anymore, because they are where they belong - in the dustbin of history.
* sigh* You really should do something about your anti-communist agenda.
Stalin's and Lenin's purges
Continuation of the Civil War. The civil war was provoked by the elites of the former Russian Empire in an attempt to divide spheres of influence. Monarchists, royalists and all other scum who did not disdain the use of foreign occupation troops. The Bolsheviks among them turned out to be the only creative force (Oh, yes, it was the great irony of history).
the famine in the USSR
Famine in the Russian Empire was a regular occurrence. The USSR ended the history of famine in Russia.
Stalin's "idiocy" about German non-aggression
It literally didn't happen at ALL. Ten years before the Second World War, Stalin called for preparing for another war with the West. The entire industrialization of the USSR is a preparation for such a war. And after that, you repeat the stupid Western propaganda that supposedly "Stalin was an idiot and did not expect a German attack".
Not the "Soviets", but the Russians won the battles around Moscow, Stalingrad, the siege of Leningrad and the Battle of Kursk.
Nope. These were Soviet people. All representatives of the peoples of the USSR. And I say this as a Russian, as someone who knows the history of the battles of the Great Patriotic War by family members who have not returned from the war.
This can be clearly seen in the way Victory Day is celebrated in the former republics of the USSR
Yep. We could watch how people in Riga come out to defend monuments in memory of the heroes of the Red Army who fell in the fight against Nazism - despite the fact that the official authorities are trying in every possible way to suppress such attempts.