The real truth is those who’ve always supported any government’s attempts, and successes, at steamrolling over the freedoms of their subjects has always been right-wing, no matter what they thought they were. That’s really the major definition of right-wing. A support for authoritarian government, no matter what those in that government decide they want. The Soviet Union is referred to leftist and liberal because it was Communist, but that was in name only. One of the tenets of Communism is collectivism and equal access to proper self-government, and collaboration to find the best path forward for the entire community. (Communism, get it?) But under Stalin, the Soviet government became highly restrictive and authoritarian, existing only for the benefit of those who sat on the Politburo, rather than for the people across the lands of the Soviet Union, making it a fairly extreme right-wing government.
Admittedly the far left path isn’t any better, which makes it fortunate most people walk somewhere between the two, rather than only left or right. There needs to be some kind of actual force available to stop the worst excesses of people who believe freedom means no consequences, and enough release from authority to give people the chance to exercise their will and actually try to do something for themselves, and for others, rather than being required to only serve one small group’s or one individual’s ever whim.