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Parts of the article are from http://memory.loc.gov/frd/cs/, which is in the Public Domain

Information contained in the Country Studies On-Line is not copyrighted and thus is available for free and unrestricted use by researchers. As a courtesy, however, appropriate credit should be given to the series.

Origin of copyvio: [1]. --snoyes 22:55, 10 Jan 2004 (UTC)

shsu.edu used Library of Congress as a source. Checking copyright state of that ... -- JeLuF 22:57, Jan 10, 2004 (UTC)
OK, i reverted the revert - should have been more careful. --snoyes 23:02, 10 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Forced membership[edit]

The membership was (almost?) obligatory. Even Party member believed that Comecon destroys their country because they had to help the SU. The Soviets believed they help the others. Everyone was happy when the Comecon collapsed. Your text is biased as hell. Quoting Communist documents has the same value like quoting Nazi propaganda. Xx236 10:49, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

What an intelligent comment on your part. Bring proof then talk. No proof no talk.
COMECON was called the "dollar pump" in the satellite states. Nominally "convertible USSR rubel" was 1:1 to US dollar, but in reality there wasn't much purchase power in it, because the USSR produced very few desirable things beyond weaponry.
Eastern european countires were forced by USSR to produce relatively advanced, nomially civilian goods with a significant western component content in them. The USSR bought these for convertible rubels and promptly misused them for dual- or straight-out military purposes. The satellite states could decide to buy weapon systems or oil/gas from USSR in exchange, because those were the only goods available for convertible ruble.
On the other hand, communist satellite states of eastern europe had to produce US dollars and west german marks to buy advanced components for use in soviet-bound export equipment. Those dollars were produced by agricultural export and textile exports with very low profit margin or even at a net loss, due to the more advanced production infrastructure available in the capitalist countries.
To summarize, satellite states had to sacrifice their growth and divert from internal consumption to feed the USSR with goods it could not obtain due to western embargo. An example are the microwave radio relay link stations my father used to design in a Budapest factory. 82.131.210.163 (talk) 16:13, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

Dating of the Article[edit]

The article seems to be a bit dated - I would guess it was written in 1988 at latest. It is as if history stops at 1987 if you rely on this article alone for accurate information, and putting Comecon as a current events entity and not something that is already history. Anyone who can overhaul this article to underlie a different perspective? --JNZ 08:17, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

I'm making some additions, hope this helps. - Jmabel | Talk 18:33, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Names in languages of the member states[edit]

That list has Estonian in it, why? And if E. is seen as a language of the Soviet Union alongside Russian, then why not the other languages of the SU? 213.243.182.3 16:34, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

--- and Spanish too... was Spain a member?

Cuba was. El_C 09:14, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

Who founded what in response to whom?[edit]

The article says:

"The Comecon was the Eastern Bloc's reply to the formation of the Organization for European Economic Co-operation in western Europe.[1]"

The source that is cited does compare the two, but doesn't talk about "replies" at all. The Comecon was founded in 1949 - the EEC in 1961. 1) Do we have to pretend that the socialist camp "copied" everything? 2) Is there any link at all between the foundation of the two? NATO-Warsaw has a pretty close and obvious linkage, but apart from the fact that the above statement seems to be wrong as it is now (I'm not a specialist on the topic at all), could it be argued that the creation of economic assistance is a natural development in alliances? (Bruggel (talk) 16:24, 11 August 2011 (UTC))