Russia, my friend, was also FAR LESS WESTERNIZED than most of her satelite "members", including Poland!! When capitalism more or less "hit" the forver Soviet Union around about '89-93 or so like a ton of bricks, she was totally unprepared for it, without the necessary warming up period allowed her Western European neighbors:-)
An analogy might indeed be Weimar Germany prior to the rise of Hitler. Germany was a nation essentially beaten down socially through centuries of authoritarianism, unfamiliar with the ways of democracies, to which England, the US and France along with Scandinavia, for instance, had basically long since grown well accustomed. Hitler became therefore the more familiar model of harsh dictatorial despotism vs. acquiescent, "give-and-take" leadership, misinterpreted as weakness by the Nazis.
After the War, Germany once more had to get used to an Anglo-Saxon-style of Western government, all but expunged between '33-45.
And then there was former East Germany; Communist since around '49 up through the Berlin Wall and only "democratized" around the early 90's before being absorbed by the Federal Republic.
Russia knew ONLY shifty, black-market business under Communism and the ideas of honest deal making a la the English or even the US remained strange and almost frightening for them as it meant INDIVIDUAL rather than merely collective responsibilty.
Small wonder therefore the excesses of capitalism under the oligarchs Chubais and others!