It is true that Russians sitting atop their vehicles had many casualties, but if they were sitting inside their vehicles, I can bet they would have had more casualties, especially in the Caucasian Mountains, on which Chechnya lies. I have many Russian friends. One of them is from Novorossyisk. His grandfather was pro-Menshevik, and was sent to the gulags after the Bolsheviks won the Civil War. He not only hated everything about the USSR, he also made lots of wrong comments about Russia and the Soviet Union. He was born in Russia but his family move to North Carolina. Just because one is a Russian or has lived long in Russia does not earn him the crown of authenticity. Come up with a better excuse. It is obvious to be you don't know much about the experiences of Soviet soldiers with Armoured Personnel Carriers (BMPs and BTRs) in Afghanistan.