The cost effect of cold war on soviet republic is that the empire of many nations collapsed to a single state and lost its territories. The dissolution of the republic led to political independence of fifteen states all of which have commonwealth ties with Moscow until recently when disagreement overshadowed it.
The dispute between Russia and Ukraine was a huge blow with a lasting impact on the commonwealth of independent states (CIS) such that it created loopholes for Western encroachment. NATO has opened doors for CIS members other than Russia and only recently, Georgia began negotiating its way to join the organization. Ukraine has also sought West’s military and financial support following the border militarization by Russia. Other Russian allies like Poland and Cuba have equally looked west and accepted mutual relations principally with United States and espoused economic and social liberalization.
Russia is not happy seeing its allies and members turn West and considered it a threat to its national security, in its response to Georgia’s move. As much as it sounds unfair, the reality is that the CIS members have little or no choice. Their offensive move is inspired mainly by the economic situation they are faced with. The former Eastern states struggle putting their economy together, in fact some are on the edge of recession and since Russia still struggles with economic balance they thought it wise to turn to West.