Looking at Soviet space exploration, it was apparent they earnestly gave it a good go but just couldn't get it together. Their struggle with Phobos-Grunt comes at the tail of an extended line of bad luck getting things to Mars. One of their few successes, one that, as far as I'm aware, hasn't been repeated, was the first lunar orbit of mealworms and turtles.
The government news agency, TASS, reported that, “outside the ship and after returning, Leonov feels well”; however, post-Cold War Russian documents reveal a different story — that Leonov’s Berkut space suit ballooned, making bending difficult. Because of this, Leonov was unable to reach the shutter switch on his thigh for his chest-mounted camera. He could not take pictures of Voskhod 2, nor was he able to recover the camera mounted on Volga which recorded his EVA for posterity. After 12 minutes Leonov re-entered Volga.
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