Oleg Atbashian's Hotel USSR

Oleg Atbashian, creator of the fabulous satire site The Peoples Cube.com, has written an illustrated autobiographical book about his life in the USSR, before he was able to immigrate to the U.S.  It's called Hotel USSR and would be a great gift to Bernie Bots and those deluded youngsters who think they'd like to live under socialism. Having worked in the old USSR in the 1980s taking depositions for the Department of Justice's Office of Special Investigations, I can attest to the accuracy of his account.  I laughed at his tale of hard pressed members of the Artists Union having continually to paint new medals on the portraits of Brezhnev.  (I remember taking a deposition in L'vov and trying not to laugh when I looked up at the portrait of Brezhnev in the procurator's office.  They'd run out of space to paint on the latest medal and simply painted it on a scrap of canvas, which they affixed to the...(Read Full Post)
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