I read about this in the magazine. On the one hand, its not terribly surpising when you think about the Soviet mentality. There's an old joke about a Soviet peasant who digs up a magic lamp and is given a wish by the genie within. "Hmm," thinks the peasant." Ive always wanted a goat. My neighbor has a goat, and I don't have one. Genie -- kill my neighbors goat."
LOL! I have not heard that before, but it makes total sense.