They may not call themselves "commies" anymore but Putin is KGB and his government and his cronies are running everything over there. Those who disagree turn up poisoned, in prison and/or dead. Putin wants to get the old gang of the Eastern Bloc countries back together again. Same as it was with Stalin.
As Donny might put it, Putin is a bad dude, but he is no longer a
communist, and the Communist Party of Russia is in opposition
to him. So "red bait" is a misnomer to me. I give Uncle Joe a break
when it comes to Eastern Europe as Germany had invaded Russia
twice in twenty five years through eastern Europe.