Deja-Vu All Over Again

 By Angela Borozna (reprinted from Russia Insider)

I grew up in Siberia during the Cold War and remember my fears of the United States. Images of Hiroshima were quite frequently aired on TV, and war evacuation plans were practiced at schools and at work places.

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With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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2 Responses to Deja-Vu All Over Again

  1. Yes, I can recall how great a ‘propaganda industry’ was generated. In addition to numerous films on the horrors of communism (produced with money from horrific capitalists), there were TV shows like “I Led Three Lives” about an undercover operative who joins the Communist Party (the membership of which was in fact about 90% composed of FBI agents). Few Russians ever made it as far as the USA, and those that did were either ridiculed (the mass media loved to highlight Khruschev’s antics) or featured “under a cloud” (Dobrynin’s lying about the missiles in Cuba).

  2. Angela says:

    I don’t remember movies about the US in The USSR, instead, there were a lot of documentaries about US “involvment” around the world: Hiroshima, Vietnam, Latin America. They looked quite scary. Big of course? Nothing can compare with the power of Hollywood in dpreading propaganda.

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