His character in the film is also (and falsely) depicted as ‘going to church’ and being ‘interested’ in the singing – events that never happened at all. In fact, Fyodor Burogo was a patriotic Soviet soldier and citizen who despised organised religion.
The point of this exchange may have originated in the idea that the two strains of anthrax discovered in the cows, were known to be prevalent not in the USSR, but rather in Canada and South Africa.
During the US-inspired Cold War, the West resurrected this Nazi German myth as a means to discredit Stalin and the Soviet achievement of defeating Germany Nazism during the Great Patriotic War (1941-45), which saw the deaths of between 27- 40 million Soviet men, women and children.
The Soviet Union was a Socialist State seeking to evolve society beyond its feudal and capitalist limitations, and into an advanced Communist System where class, religion and State would no longer be required for the maintenance of an optimum human society.
Make no mistake about it, the Soviet Union was a solid Socialist bulwark against the far-right and highly destructive ideology of Adolf Hitler. This is reflected in the Soviet casualties for the Great Patriotic War (1941-45) which range between 27 – 40 million dead men, women and children. This is a shocking price to pay to keep Europe free of fascism, and it is particularly indicative of the moral degradation of the EU that it has to plunge to such depths as openly supporting the far-right, in its pathetic attempts to re-write history.