My father was a high ranking offer in the Soviet Military during the Cold War as a Military Intelligence and Reconnaissance Officer. He participated in the only 4 nation co-operative during the Cold War known as B.A.S.C. Ask him Anything!
My father was in the Soviet Military for over 20 years. At the young age of 11 he was sent to one of the most prestigious military boarding schools in the U.S.S.R known as the Suvorov school. He has numerous stories that depict every aspect of the military and social structure of the U.S.S.R. He had lived through the famines and had been posted in some of the most remote regions of the country. He had seen the total nonsensical behavior of the Russian government and experienced it first hand as he rose through military ranks. His stories range from experiences during the Cold War to his business dealings during the time of the Perestroyka as a Director of one of the largest freight forwarding companies that provided services in the ex Soviet Republics (needless to say a lot of bribery was involved). If you want to know some inside details about life back then, this is your chance. Ask him Anything!
The reason I am doing this is that I want to write a book about his life. We now live in Canada. I want people to know exactly how insane things were over there.
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Edit: I am sorry I couldn't answer any more questions. I will resume answering at 2:30-3:00pm EST.