Interesting you mention the old Soviet Union. There has been a several shows on the History Channel about various failed projects under Communist rule and it occured to me similarities the Witnesses have to the Soviets. The idea that one must wait on the Watchtower (Pravda) to tell people what to belief, or think or even have an opinion on. Any disagreement is forbidden and outright protest results in exilt or even death (disfellowshipping). Any and all media tell the people how wonderful their lives are and how wonderful their country (organisation) is, despite world opinion. Finally, the belief that theirs is the superior way and the entire world are idiots sure to be destroyed because of corruption, when in fact it is their own way that is faulty and corrupt.
I do not see an organisation pulled in two directions. I see a Stalinist group of control freaks who are determined to get "guileless ones" in order come hell or highwater. I'm afraid they will continue to stumble along just like they did after the last big scandal in 1979.