Wednesday, 11 August 2010

More tales from Russia

More bizarre stories of a dysfunctional Russia here. They involve a Russian spy wanting to retain his assumed Peruvian identity; the revocation of something called perpetual (irrevocable) tenurepriceless being defined as valueless; and existence being defined as registration.

5 comments:

Jon in France said...

Was poor old Russia ever functional?

I used to work for a Russian company, just after the fall of communism. It was hours of fun, but how on earth anything at all worked in those years I have no idea.

The early years of the Putin administration showed promise, but then he turned out to be a looney too - wrestling tigers bare chested and so forth, and (allegedly) being "well supported" by certain key interest whose competitors he bankrupted or imprisonned.

Plus ├ža change...

Gaw said...

I don't think Russia was ever functional, Jon - there's enough strangeness in 19th century Russian lit to support that theory. I suppose they do call it Eternal Russia.

BTW I posted on some impressions of the place here:

http://gawragbag.blogspot.com/2009/12/sketches-from-russian-notebook.html

I'm sure you'll find some bits familiar!

worm said...

Russia= where everything is 'a bit mental.'

malty said...

Strange but true, towards the end of the nineteen sixties microfilm was the new black, computers a glint in the eye. Caps Research, based on Park Royal were it, the new wonder kids on the block, fab pieces of gear or at least reader-printers. They somehow got into the Russian market. In the 1960s, you're kidding, no I'm not, it happened. They delivered the stuff themselves, to Moscow, in a large furniture lorry, adapted to run on virtual kerosene, the staple fuel in East Germany, Poland and White Russia. The drivers went with a large supply of M&S jeans, shirts and Liverpool tops, the accepted currency when warding of uniformed bandits. What Ivan did with the stuff was never discussed.
A little while later the Russian company UMO plant set up shop opposite us in Letchworth (we were manufacturing the stuff, Caps stuck their label on and sold it,) They had a contract supplying heavy plant used in the building of the M4. Their personnel were lodged in a block of flats in Baldock, directly opposite a top secret MOD establishment. It transpired that the very large tracked earth movers used the chassis of the T62 tank, and could be converted back in 24hrs.

Now, fool that I am for asking and putting two beans together with another two and coming up with four....

Gaw said...

Sounds all too likely. But I wonder who on your side was talking to our lot - I'm sure someone official would have been keeping tabs...