I've recently been playing as Yuri a lot in skirmish mode on RA2. I'm also a big WW2 fan and I've noticed several similaraties between Yuri and the Third Reich.
1.) The slave miner: Slaves harvesting resources? Sounds familiar with the labor/concentration camps Hitler used in WW2.
2.) UFOs: Okay the first thing that comes to our minds with these floating Disks is probably Aliens. Well, the Germans were experimenting with A LOT of vehicles,weapons,and aircraft. I've even heard rumors they actually tried making an aircraft that resembles a UFO. Even if they didn't there is still myths of "Nazi UFOs" in popular historical fiction.
3.) Lasher Tanks: Although they may not be the super heavy metal monsters faced in WW2 I think they resemble the German TigerIII and Panzer tank series.
4.) Boomers: They rule the seas and are a NIGHTMARE when used against you properly. These remind me greatly of the German U-boats for the fact that they are so deadly and make up most of Yuri's naval force.
5.) Yuri has a German accent. (don't be offended!!!)
So yeah these are just some things I've noticed and thought would be fun to share.