Soviet Russian scientists are seen in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 film, who are waiting to meet with Heywood Floyd to discuss if the "epidemic" at Clavius Base constitutes any threat to Russian operations on the Moon. While waiting, they consider going to the observation deck. The following conversations are heard in the Russian language, but is not in the screenplay; and neither were subtitles provided on the DVD:
Before meeting Floyd:
Ну куда он сейчас уедем?[note 1]
But when is he possibly coming now?
Эээ, приблизительно в два часа.
Er, at approximately 2 o'clock.
↑As Floyd left, Smyslov may have used a condescending tone, speaking ill of him or the US faction in general: "He definitely has the greatest difficulty." - followed by a response emulating the same tone: "Obviously"; and Kalinan chiming "Yes, the greatest difficulty."
↑Can also be translated "It must be difficult for him."
The Soviet faction operated its space program under the CCCP in 2010. They had undergone a joint Soviet/USA mission to Jupiter, in an effort to assist in the recovery of the United States’ Discovery. They provided the Leonov as the vessel by which to reach the Jovian system. The Leonov’s mobility was driven by seven superheated chemical thrusters for interplanetary travel, called the Sakharov Drive. It was a propulsion system that Arthur C. Clarke chose to name after nuclear physist Andrei Sakharov.