Well, I can tell you what the story is with Russia. And there's a lot of factors:
1. Widely available medical care, but of amazingly poor quality. Public infrastructure of all sorts is bad and ran-down.
2. Russia is both a conservative and ant the same time very hard-nosed, cynical culture.
I would add this map as a nice counterpoint:
Hint: All's not well in uncle Vlad's empire.
Granted, that map reflects the moment after the financial crisis, so things will look better across the board everywhere now.
When "having neither" is not an option, you go for the one that's least likely to target your demographic.
Labor union people and their families, Basques, Catalans... probably the communists and republicans would be your choice.
Priests, christian activists, ethnic spanish nationalists - go for...
Its very hard to be any sort of patriot and be a communist.
Its also hard to be a patriot and support an oppressive regime in your own country (Khem, Putin, Khem) but a lot of people are too stupid to see that. Almost every half-wit was able to see that communism doesn't work. Putin is more...
If you are interested in this topic and a shorter, more personal story then I suggest this:
Couldn't recommend that book enough, even for people who were never in a cult or in an authoritarian regime.
If anyone wants to read an epub version in english, send me a PM.