I have instantly fell in love with this weapon! As a matter of fact I am currently having an obsession going on for it…
In general, I don’t consider as true snipers in multiplayer FPS games, those who play with semi-automatic rifles. If you play like a sniper, the real thing are bolt action rifles and one-shot-one-kills.
That doesn’t mean that semi-automatic sniper rifles are not good weapons or fun to play with. It’s just that they’re more like assault or battle rifles. That’s why weapons such as the SVU Snaiperskaya are better played in mid-range with ACOG/4x scope. If combat gets closer to you, it also makes sense to switch to Red Dot 2x scope.
Basically the recon class with SVU Snaiperskaya is my favorite way of playing stealthy in BFBC2, because it is silenced (it used to be Engineer with SCAR-L carbine and 4x scope). If I could compare it to another weapon that would be the M21 from COD4. Notice that the real-world weapon is a compact/bullpup version of the famous Dragunov SVD sniper rifle.
More info can be found on the Wikia page.