"Victory cannot be achieved without sacrifice, Mason. We Russians know this better than anyone."
— Viktor Reznov, Call of Duty: Black Ops
Franklin: "Ah. You're a pessimist."
Ivanova: "I'm a Russian, doctor. We understand these things."
oh also i mean there's the child abuse but come on
we boldly explore depths of misery that other countries can only imagine
"I present to you, General Knox, the Russian soldier, to whom suffering is the second nature."
—Russian General Alexander Samsonov to English General Knox, From August, 1914 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.