Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 13, 1976 · Page 167
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 167

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 13, 1976
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AA, Box 475, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. Print name, address, zip code, pattern number and size. Include an extra $1.25 for postage and handling for PARADE'S BICENTENNIAL QUILT BOOK, Q-121. Please allow three weeks for delivery. [GEN- ERAL OFFICES, 1150 AVE. OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, N.Y. 10036.] CONTINUED There are still other aspects of life in the Soviet Union that take some getting used to: for instance, ever-present surveillance. Each apartment building for foreign residents is watched over by what Americans here call a "mili-man" --a police guard who takes note of the comings and goings of visitors. Moreover, it is commonly believed that not only are the telephones tapped, but the .apartments themselves are wired. "We decided not to say anything about this bugging business to the kids, because we want them to live a normal life," says Diane Buckman, whose husband, David, manages the Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Moscow. The Buckmans have been here for about a year, and their two children attend the Anglo-American school. 'To tell the truth," says Mrs. Buckman, "in the beginning it really bothered me that the Soviets might be listening in. But then I figured, heck, all they really hear are the usual family arguments, like me yelling at the kids to brush theii teeth. As for my husband, he makes a point of not discussing anything important about his business in the apartment." 'You get used to it' As it happens, David Buckman must be careful about just what he says in his downtown office, too--which, presumably, is also bugged. Says the Chase Manhattan manager, smiling wryly: "What else could you expect when you move your office address, as I did, from 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza to 1 Karl Marx Prospekt?" Then he adds: "Look, all this stuff is no big surprise. After awhile you simply get used to it, and you find that doing business here is actually not so difficult." Part of what has made doing business with the Soviets easier are the briefings that practically every newcomer here receives from the American-run U.S.-U.S.S.R. Trade and Economic Council. Officially blessed by both President Ford and Communist chief Brezhnev, the three-year-old, privately financed council helps visiting Americans adjust to the Communist system--where the bureaucratic tape can be especially red. Explains council assistant director John Kadilis: "Finding office space or secretaries [only English-speaking Russians are used], or making the right contacts, can be very tricky. And it takes time to figure out how to deal with the Russians. So, a few helpful hints from someone who knows the system can go a long way." Tough bargainers Thus, for example, the newcomer is_ . forewarned not to be put off if a Soviet official doesn't answer a phone call for days, or if he refuses for weeks to set up an appointment; it's simply the way David and Diane Buckman with children, Allison and David Ir. He manages the Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Moscow, has been there a year. The children attend an Anglo-American school, speak no Russian, have no Russian friends. Russians do business. However, it's just as important to know that once the official does agree to listen, he is often anything but lackadaisical. "When it comes down to making a deal," says Kadilis, "the Communist executive can be just as tough at bargaining over a buck as any capitalist." In fact, as a group, Russians have rather impressed their American counterparts. U.S. businessmen report that generally they are well-informed and articulate, and almost all speak English; in turn, most American businessmen have taken up Russian. And while the Russians go about their business seriously, they are also shrewd enough to know when to inject a little humor. Recalls Chase Manhattan manager Buckman: "After long hours of negotiating with one Soviet official over an interest rate, he suddenly turned to me and in mock disappointment said: -'You see, here I was all along believing your slogan that 'I had a friend at Chase Manhattan!'" But if there is sometimes a lightheartedness and even a camaraderie in the office, it seldom extends to extracurricular activity: socializing with the Russians tends to be discouraged. "Ac- T; Texan Gay Cribble is an aide at trade council and speaks fluent Russian. She says socializing with. Russians is rare. tually, we'd genuinely like to visit the Russians in their homes and invite them to ours, but it doesn't happen much," says Gay Cribble, a Texan who works as an administrative assistant at the trade council and speaks fluent Russian in a Southern drawl. "The problem is that if a Soviet citizen starts getting friendly with an American, he might get into trouble. So, to avoid making any problems for them, we rarely socialize, though every now and then there is an exception." · One such exception--which, according to Miss Cribble, "sent shock waves through the American community"-is that of the Occidental Petroleum representative who, recently married a Soviet woman. "The Russian public doesn't much care," says Gay, "but the authorities are sort of hostile. It's not at all clear whether she will be able to go back to the States with him, and really, it could get sticky; which is just the kind of thing nobody here wants to happen." Therefore, at least for the moment, the American business community sticks pretty much to itself. They shop at the same supermarket, send their kids to the same English-speaking school, go to many of the same places for entertainment (including a weekly movie at the American Embassy) and attend the same parties. "At times it does get a little tedious, even lonely," admits IBM's Merrill. "But it's part of the job, and I think we all accept it, along with everything that goes with being here." More pay and vacations So far, nobody reportedly has called it quits. All intend to stick it out. Even more than the extra pay and frequent vacations--which most companies give their representatives here--it seems to be a personal sense of satisfaction that keeps them going. "Yes, in the final analysis, I guess we're all sort of proud to be part of this handful who have come to Moscow and have stuck it out," says Merrill. "And someday, perhaps not too far off, I expect there'll be many more of us so- called capitalists in Moscow."

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