In this centenary year of the Russian Revolution, everything about the Soviet Union seems far longer ago than it really was.
Or, at least, it does when viewed from Britain.
The dissolution of the Union itself was massively contrary to the express popular will in the area concerned, and subsequent events have vindicated that opposition.
But never try and tell that to the devotees of the man who has gone on to make a fortune out of the ghastly successor regimes, money that is now being channelled into his "anti-extremist" re-entry into British politics.
The sooner that he presents himself to the electorate again, the better.
I am certainly waiting for him here, in what was once his political homeland.
What is he afraid of?