Oops, I used the same picture for two different slides. Silly me.
The Soviet Union had a very good start, aggressive in both their settling and their citadelling. But that was where their potential ended, and they lost all but THREE of their eighteen early cities to Sibir. After that it was only a matter of time until Urho Kekkonen cleared up the remains. In this tournament, just as in real life, the Soviet Union was just no match for Finland.