Nope, I am not Russian, but I do understand their language (well, most of it). I've been using this nick on many discussions for years, as you guess out of admiration for this great person, and pilot as well. ANd yes, I am of eastern european origin, so you were close
Back to the topic, I admire your input on new Aeroflot (after reading some of your comments I checked their site, which is indeed great); I would like to fly them, and yes I'd rather be on IL96M than again on 767. I've seen on several occasions Aeroflot's 767 on ORD, but I'd rather try flying some other aircraft in their fleet.
Thanks for the explenation about the broken system; I get it, and I see how it can happen. To bad, a lot of airlines don't have the luxory of spare planes, and little details that could make the flight a bit more pleasent suffer.
On the other note, in one of recent Airways' articles about ATC at JFK, the guy complained about Aeroflots pilots who on daily bases try to jump the que for take-off: "It will happen again tomorow" he said, after warning the crew over radio that they can not do it in US.