A man truly deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize, Lech was an electrician but mostly he was a freedom fighter. He fought against the Soviets for the freedom of Poland. The eventual fall of the USSR was caused because the subordinate states would no longer tolerate the Soviet presence. Leaders like Lech were instrumental in the freedom revolution of eastern European states.
They have a long way to go, and it takes a long time for good institutions to form, but it's obviously better in Eastern Europe without the Soviet state than with it.
For more on Lech: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lech_Wa%C5%82%C4%99sa