National myths are extremely powerful, and never more so than with World War II. For America, the war validates ideas about the struggle for freedom. For Britain, it represents pluck against terrible odds. For France, the nobility of resistance. In Russia, it is about the necessity of sacrifice.
Around 20 million Russians lost their lives in World War II. That’s about 14 percent of the population at the time. The United States lost 420,000 lives, about 0.3 percent of the population. Russia’s war, of course, was fought on Russian soil.
Lukasz Markiewicz is Polish (and Poland, he says, has “the fewest reasons to say anything good about the Soviets”). But he charges Relic with distorting the facts about the Eastern Front.
Galyonkin says the mechanic is overblown. “The story creates a fictional army bent on self-destruction,” he said. “The missions show Soviets killing more of their own people than the enemy. Nobody does that, not even Russians. It makes no sense.”Why gaming’s latest take on war is so offensive to Russians – Polygon