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|“|| I wanted to introduce to you my little friend. This is Sam, like Uncle Sam. Say hello, little uncle. The Americans, they have turtle in children's film, it teaches them to fear Soviet Union. The little turtle sees big Russian missiles coming, and he ducks and he covers. "Duck, cover!"|
- Alexander Romanov
Alexander Romanov introducing Sam, his pet turtle to the new Soviet Commander (Red Alert 2).
Sam was a red eared slider turtle and Soviet Premier Alexander Romanov's pet. He only appears in the first Soviet mission briefing for a new Commander.
|The following is based on the Soviet campaign for Red Alert 2 and some details might contradict canon.|
Much of his history and animal psyche is unknown, other than he does not like being petted on the head. Alexander adored Sam, even though he petted his head often. Despite war with the West, Alex even cited American propaganda icon Uncle Sam, to be a relative to Sam.
He was introduced to the Commander during the first mission briefing, for Red Dawn. It is unknown if Sam survived the war or could have either been killed along with the Premier by Yuri's rebel forces or saved by the Soviets.
- When petted on the head.
Alexander was referencing to Duck and Cover!, a children's educational film that was played in American schools during the Cold War on what to do in case of an nuclear attack. A animated segment of the presentation featured a turtle named Bert.