More alternate history :)
The Tsars were not overthrown, and insted the vast Russian empire was re-formed into a constitutional monarchy with a democratic parliament.
"In the early 1970's the Imperial air force was looking for a new intercontinental bomber to replace the ageing TU-16's. Tupolev submited a design and the Tsars government accepted it. In 1981 the aircraft rolled out of its hangar for the first time."
The roundels were the ones used by the Imperial air service during ww1 before the revolutions.
EDIT: Added a squadren symbol thing to the tail ;)
Thanks to Mandun for the TU-160 :)
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