*cries* I cannot see why people cannot see so much pain Russia a.k.a. van had to go through... It makes me sympathize with him a little (too bad I know e can be a little bit creepy at the same time as well but when I think about it I can see why he had became like that)
Probably because America and Russia were rivals for so long. Cold War in America. People were blacklisted. Suspicion. Fear that Russia would bomb them with the atom bomb. Fear that Communism would topple capitalism. The Cold War was a hard time. I imagine that if America laughed, it would've been out of relief that America doesn't need to worry about Russia trying to spread communism anymore. The only real communist country is North Korea.