On the occasion of last week's visit to our country by President Putin, and several Comrade Ministers' coy reminiscences in the media ("after a while we discovered one or two small flaws") of their exile days in the Soviet Union and barbed references to the dreadful state of post-Soviet Russia, I offer this chart.
Data source: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 2006. World Telecommunication Indicators 2005. Geneva: ITU. Tabulated at WRI.