Humorous short story about life in Russia after the Fall of Communism
During 1993-1997 I lived in Moscow. The Danish company, Dandy A/S, had asked me to establish a subsidiary there and be CEO for it. The subsidiary was responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of the chewing gum brands Stimorol and Dirol in Russia. I kept a diary during most of my stay there.
My experience there inspired me to write a handful of short stories about the chaotic Russian life and the many very different Russian individual destinies. The short stories are written from a humorous angle based on the many paradoxes, that were preconditions for the citizens. For various reasons, I never had the short stories published, and for 20 years they have been lying in my drawer. But now, I have decided to publish them.
In this short story, we meet Vladilen Nikolaievich - one of the many faceless bureaucrats who works all his life in the KGB. He works in a very special department collecting data and information that you would not believe. Maybe you shouldn't believe it.
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