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As a nineteen-year-old student, the author made his first visit to the USSR. The chapter describes a brief detention at the Soviet border over a minor mistake in filling out an entry form, first impressions on arriving in Moscow, and the intense interest of their young Soviet guides—once older escorts had disappeared—in latest Western styles and pop culture. At Moscow State University, the author meets a young Russian student who describes the Beatles as his true politics. A brief, intense romantic relationship ends up being thwarted by time, distance, and encrusted security barriers.

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