"There's no more enemies!"
—CIA Analyst upon hearing of Gorbachev's resignation, The X-Files ("Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man")
"How the fuck do you peddle an arms race when the only asshole you've got to race against is yourself!?"
—Agent Russell, The Russia House
Revolver Ocelot: We live in a sad age: Imperialism, totalitarianism, perestroika... 20th century Russia had its share of problems, but at least they had an ideology. Russia today has nothing!
Solid Snake: They're struggling between freedom and order. And with that struggle, a new spirit of nationalism has been born.
"The Russians got bigger things to worry about than your genitals, believe me. The whole country went to shit. We tried hard to put a lid on it, but that idiot Gorbachev—with the little strawberry on his forehead—he gave away the crown jewels. Still, they got their, you know, boy in the White House; that was nice."
—Mike Toreno, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Boris: The real Michael Westen, yes? Back home, your story Russian intelligence tells to scare. They say you are one name for many people, special operations team. They think one person cannot make so much problems.
Michael: Nope. Just me.
Boris: (chuckles, shakes hand) Nice to meet you, Michael! Is new world, yes?
Michael: (sadly) Yes.
—Burn Notice, "Pilot"
"(The) last few years have been very confusing for people in my line of work."
— Greg, the Russian "cultural attaché" from Sneakers
"I can't change sides, you silly old fart! There's no side to change sides to!"
— General Leland Zevo, Toys
Earl Bassett: So how you and Heather doing?
Burt Gummer: Well, she's.. still visiting her sister. You know, she actually blames our problems on the collapse of the Soviet Union!
Earl Bassett: Well, you did take that kinda hard, Burt...
Spudgun: I think she's got a point, actually.
Richie: Well why don't you just go and live in the Soviet Union?
Spudgun: Because it doesn't exist.
Dave Hedgehog: And it's horrible.
Richie: [Floundering] Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes... well, that was my point.
Spudgun: Well, it was a bit of a stupid point then, wasn't it?
“Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.”
"Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain."
—Vladimir Putin (attributed) paraphrasing the old adage, "A conservative at 20 has no heart, a liberal at 40 has no brain."
"In June, Jack had his unpleasant meeting with Khrushchev at Vienna. Khrushchev wanted total disarmament, as opposed to Kennedy's meager ban on nuclear testing, so devised that each side could cheat. It seems clear now that the Russians wanted to settle their accounts with us and move from war to peace. But Jack was not about to let twilight turn to peaceful evening if it meant that, in the process, he would be reduced from potential warrior-god to mere Chester A. Arthur."
— Gore Vidal, Palimpsest
"I'm running out of enemies...I'm down to Kim Il-Sung and Castro."
"The fall of the Soviet Union caused a lot of problems — such as political and economic disarray, missing nuclear weapons, runaway crime, that sort of thing — but probably the worst thing about it was that moviegoers lost maybe the best bad guy country we'd ever had, aside from Nazi Germany. James Bond used to be a lone man taking on a massive evil empire with just his wits and lovemaking skills. Then one day in the 90s he finds himself fighting newspaper owners."
—Cracked, "6 Groups Who Don't Work As Movie Bad Guys Anymore"