Having Cons start with only 4 rifles would suggest that the Soviet Army didn't care about the lives of their soldiers or that they suffered from major logistics failure. Although logistics failure did occur it wasn't common enough for it to be a highlighted feature of the Soviet Armies's basic infantry. To me this would be as insulting if Relic made the American tank crew members all African American and had to repair at a separate HQ.
What I mean is that the American Army was racist towards African Americans and this is an undeniable fact. What is not fact is that the Soviet Army intended to send their soldier into battle without proper equipment. Why omit an ugly fact but then highlight an insulting stereotype.
Here read this article and maybe you will see where Im coming from.
I disagree with the notion that Soviets are misrepresented in Coh2 and that not having riflers would be insulting.
With the same Logic Germans should be offended because the G43 upgrade allow for the interrogation of dying men or British should be offended that their carpet bombing that cost thousands of civilian lives is represented in Coh2.
All sides did bad things during WWII and trying to hide them under the mattress or feeling offended when they hints of them are included in video game serves little purpose.