The Russian government, despite proclaiming a love of the arts, seemed to actually loathe the arts during a large chunk of the 20th Century. The same country than outlawed rock and roll also banned most, if not all, of Bulgakov's work, despite it actually being rather flattering towards them. Stalin himself both championed and condemned Bulgakov's work, often at the same time, and frequently to the author's face. WHAT A COUNTRY.
On a happier note, I'd like to quote a bit of the note I got when this topic was commissioned:
"This is partly for my mother, who's the translator; it would be nice, though not essential, if it was up by May 2nd, her birthday."
So first, that is super cool. Second, happy birthday, Russian translatin' mom! You've done totally awesome work.