IAMA Former Soviet Red Army Sergeant, stationed in a Siberian prison camp during the cold war from '71-'73. AMA
I'l be answering questions for my dad, who was a Soviet Army Sergeant stationed in a Siberian Prison Camp from '71-'73. He was called upon to do recon in Afghanistan due to his ability to speak Farsi, prior to the Soviet invasion in '79. Thanks to a tip from a Captain who was a friend of his, he avoided going to Afghanistan as those who went never returned (this was before the actual Soviet heavy weapon invasion/assault).
He used his negative standing with the Soviet party as reason to approach the US Embassy in Moscow in 1989 and our family was granted asylum as political refugees.
We moved to Los Angeles in 1989 (I was 2 years old).
Ask him Anything.