I was seen on Russian television?  

smirkingdevil 48M
7/8/2006 2:56 am
I was seen on Russian television?

Well, bad news about our 4th of July party!

I was talking with one of my Russian friends when she informed me that she saw me in Chelyabinsk, the big city near our project Camp. I told her that was not possible, since I was stuck at the Camp all week. What she MEANT to say was that she saw a news report about our Camp.

She was a bit shocked at my reaction:. "WHAT?!"

Turns out a local news channel (channel 31, for those that are WAY too curious) decided to do a news story about OUR Camp. Russia is a free country, well sort of. So why should we care? Well, the video footage they showed was from INSIDE THE CAMP GROUNDS! They showed us playing football from the 4th of July party. They also, supposedly, showed our Camp store, where we buy all sorts of things, like alcohol, and, um, alcohol. Our Camp is a semi-miltary faciltiy that will be turned over to the Russian military at the end of our contract here. They have made it very clear that they do not want their own citizens to be at our Camp. Seeing a news report should go over real well..

The point is that our security was compromised. There were 400 people here and no one bothered to check everyone. This is a huge contrast to what I had to organize for our Christmas party at a local night club in Chelyabinsk. We invited 400 people to that event, but everyone was given a ticket for themselves and a guest. You should have seen the number of people we had to turn away who had discovered "the rich American company is having a party with all you can drink/eat booze and food".

Hopefully the report was not too damaging. We will have to wait and see the report ourselves, when our PR person decides to get back in the office and "work". Our Russian employees can take off as many days as they want and we still have to pay them. The only time we ever let someone go is when the Russian military says, "NYET!".

More as the story develops...

rm_mmmgoodnova 106M/106F
1259 posts
7/8/2006 4:17 am

Wow...so someone had smuggled in a camera, too? Hopefully it won't damage local relationships too much.

smirkingdevil replies on 7/8/2006 12:09 pm:
The Russian people don't want us here anyway. Here are some reasons:

1. The Russian government told the locals that they would see all kinds of "improvements" if they agreed to allow our demilitarization facility to be built in their area. To this date, the only improvements have been the ones we have made. The Russian government has lots of money these days, but little finds its way out of Moscow, which is very far away.

2. The Russian people "swear" that we are importing nuclear waste into their country and that is the real purpose of our facility, disposal of US nuclear garbage.

3. When we DO convince the locals that we are trying to help rid Russia of their chemical stockpiles, which are old and startting to "leak", they look at us and ask why the US wants to "weaken" Russia even more. UGH!

Having any focus on our facility is a bad thing. We were in a bad situation to begin with. Now even more people know about us in the area and they got a glimpse of the "decadent" lifestyle we lead.


catseyes23 61F

7/8/2006 5:25 am

With so many in the crowd, who knows what will happen - They should really be checked for security reasons before being let in.

smirkingdevil replies on 7/8/2006 12:18 pm:
Cameras at an event like this are quite common. You should see the gigabytes of photos we have on our project network from past events. It's quite entertaining.

Giving the footage over to a news program is the big issue and will need to be dealt with. It's funny, since our security personnel had nothing to do with my Christmas party back in December, yet they were the "people in charge" at this event. I hope they don't ask me to organize next year's 4th of July party! Heck, I don't even want my name mentioned for the next Christmas party!

Nina_Dee 61F

7/8/2006 11:33 am

What a bummer...Hope all turns out well!

smirkingdevil replies on 7/8/2006 12:30 pm:
I've had three Russians (all women, of course ) confirm the story. Aparently, I am the only person who dates outside of our company employee dating pool (well, we do hire a lot of cute ladies).

I called my boss after the second person told me what she saw (I did not quite understand the first person earlier in the day who told me what happened). He's well aware of the situation and should have all he needs by next week.

Many of us now speculate that this could be our last shindig at our Camp. Kind of a bummer to have such a cool facility and not be allowed to exploit it.


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