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I Was a Commie Writer (My Experiences As American Correspondent For Krokodil Magazine In USSR)
Laissez Faire City Times ^ | January 6, 2002 | P.J. Gladnick

Posted on 01/06/2002 1:57:16 PM PST by PJ-Comix

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To: Fred Mertz
You're Welcome.
41 posted on 01/07/2002 12:20:32 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
"I am wondering if Pikker humor magazine in Estonia is still around."

"...the humor magazine “Pikker”, which throughout it’s existence since 1957 up to early 90s..."

http://www.ljudmila.org/stripcore/burek2/estonia.htm

42 posted on 01/07/2002 12:44:06 PM PST by Truthsayer20
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It looks like Pikker, along with Krokodil, collapsed with the Soviet Union.
43 posted on 01/07/2002 3:15:21 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix; Orual; aculeus
Krokodilian bump for a good story.
44 posted on 01/07/2002 4:20:44 PM PST by dighton
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To: PJ-Comix; struwwelpeter
I enjoyed reading Soviet Life. It was fun to compare the idealized version of Soviet living with the grim reality.

A prize oxymoron, as someone (not I) might also have said of its sister magazine, Soviet Woman.

45 posted on 01/07/2002 4:28:13 PM PST by dighton
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To: PJ-Comix; Orual; dighton
A great hilarious story.

In the mid-1970s I was involved with a US company that imported Soviet films. For one of the major films (Oblamov, one of the few exported to the States in those years) the Soviets sent the entire cast and the director (Nikita Mikahlkov who later won an Oscar for Burnt by the Sun) to NYC for the premiere. The movie stars (famous in the USSR) and the great director were accompanied by KGB watchers who were much more powerful than the guy you describe. The stars and Nikita were put up in a 4th rate Manhattan hotel and when they asked for permission to attend a Broadway show permission was denied; they had to sit in their rooms like prisoners.

I was present at a luncheon at a swank NY restaurant and the most nervous moment for the watchers was after the lunch, getting their wards into the cars. They were afraid their captives might make a run for it.

It was a rotten system and shame on those Americans who were put out by Leonid Florentiev's comments.

46 posted on 01/07/2002 7:08:11 PM PST by aculeus
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To: aculeus
I studied Russian in high school (influenced by the movie "Fail Safe" and the Larry Hagman character, who plays the Russian interpreter). We read Krokodil in class, and I remember how funny it was.
47 posted on 01/07/2002 7:13:06 PM PST by calvin sun
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The old Lenfilm movies are pretty hilarious as well. Now you can buy such classics as "12 Chairs", "Operation Y", "Ironies of Fate (or With Light Steam)", "3 Men in a Boat (Not Counting the Dog)", etc.

Here's a link to a site selling everything under the sun.

48 posted on 01/07/2002 8:17:16 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: dighton; PJ-Comix
Thank's for the head's up, fascinating article. PJ: ty muzhik! (You da' man!)
49 posted on 01/07/2002 8:19:42 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: aculeus
The movie stars (famous in the USSR) and the great director were accompanied by KGB watchers who were much more powerful than the guy you describe.

Yeah, that KGB watcher looked so out of place on the stage I was surprised that the American audience, dopey as they were, couldn't catch that. Also during the conference afterwards, he stood grimly off to the side and took no part in the conversations. I have to give him credit for immaculate grooming however. No sloppy Soviet clothes for him. He was dressed like a successful western businessman.

50 posted on 01/08/2002 2:53:15 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix, dighton; aculeus
Very funny story, enjoyed it very much. I couldn't find Estonia either.
51 posted on 01/08/2002 4:10:50 AM PST by Orual
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Hey, PJ. Hilarious story.

My dad runs a business in Russia. I'll forward him your story...it's great!

52 posted on 01/08/2002 4:22:13 AM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: PJ-Comix; Ragtime Cowgirl
Outstanding article, PJ! Thanks for the heads-up, RC!

Back in the late 70s, some Soviet journalists showed up at my college (Fordham University) ostensibly to interview American college students. I think the real purpose of the exercise was to show how ignorant American college students were. The journalists first asked us to name any cities in the Soviet Union. My classmates came up with Moscow and Leningrad, but then there was an awkward pause as they struggled to think of another one. Then one of them hesitantly said St. Petersburg -- the old name for Leningrad. I winced as the journalists exchanged bemused smiles.

Next they asked us to list the names of major Russian writers. We identified Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, then there was another awkward pause. The Soviet journalists were having a hard time containing their amusement. The "interview" was going even better than they anticipated. At this point, I had a moment of inspiration. I raised my hand and mentioned Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Their smiles immediately vanished. Then I asked the guy with the tape recorder if he had any idea when The Gulag Archipelago would be published in the Soviet Union. The interview abruptly ended.

53 posted on 01/08/2002 12:46:57 PM PST by William Wallace
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I raised my hand and mentioned Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Their smiles immediately vanished. Then I asked the guy with the tape recorder if he had any idea when The Gulag Archipelago would be published in the Soviet Union. The interview abruptly ended.

Sounds like a Clinton press conference. Bravo, WW. (^:

54 posted on 01/08/2002 5:22:58 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: William Wallace, PJ-Comix
PJ: Best original post on FR, ever. IMHO. Wonderful story.

Then one of them hesitantly said St. Petersburg -- the old name for Leningrad.

Another Russian Joke, circa 1990:

An old Russian man is getting ready to retire. He goes to pension office to prepare his claim.

Grey Bureaucrat: Comrade, where were you born?
Old Russian: St. Petersburg.
Grey Bureaucrat: Where did you grow up?
OR: Petrograd.
GB: Where did you live as an adult?
OR: Leningrad.
GB: Where do you wish to live when you retire?
OR: St. Petersburg.

BTW, it's St. Petersburg Today!

55 posted on 01/08/2002 6:17:21 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: PJ-Comix

Greetings PJ-Comix:
Found this link through Newsbusters. Excellent reading even if several years old.
Cheers,
OLA


56 posted on 07/09/2008 9:35:08 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (Truth was the first casualty in the MSM's war on President Bush.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Thanx.


57 posted on 07/10/2008 12:30:04 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List ---The BIGGEST on the FR!!!)
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To: PJ-Comix
Whenever I post something about worshipping that great satirical genius, Jack Chick, I have people replying in outrage.

Haw Haw!

58 posted on 07/10/2008 1:19:45 AM PDT by ReignOfError
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To: PJ-Comix
Hi PJ, great article. I'm a little late to the party. There's a Leonid Florentiev on Facebook. Do you think it could be your guy? He looks Russian to me.
59 posted on 10/19/2012 12:59:55 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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