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Hello dear readers! I know many of you voted for me to travel to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but unfortunately finances are tight and airfare there too expensive. So, in a week, I'll return to my beloved Maine and go on another road journey to New England. During the trip, I plan on meeting with Samantha Smith's mother in Boothbay Harbor. What questions do you want me to ask her?

I've had no time for the blog recently due to a hectic work and life schedule. :(  However, next week I'll show you "good Russia," with stories about Kazan and Ples from the winter journey. In the meantime, please let me know what questions you have for Samantha's mom. I'm happy I can finally leave the office for a week, meet with her, and relax in the beautiful surroundings of cozy New England. Does the younger generation in Russia know about Samantha's legacy? How do they learn about her? Or, is she mostly known to those who grew up during the Soviet period? I think her mother will be interested in knowing these facts. :) Have a nice weekend!


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Jul. 31st, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
In our time, worsening relations between Russia and the United States , just needed a "new " Samantha !
Jul. 31st, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, most kids today are too busy playing video games and staring at their iPads to worry about world peace. :( It seems the worsening relations between our countries will only continue. It's a pity, but the reality in which we live.
Jul. 31st, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
Off. About salaries.
Good day!
Earlier we discussed the question of the salaries of lawyers in the US, and you said that many lawyers in the US do not earn a lot of money. Just above you mentioned salary 50 - 60k a year.
I will give approximate figures for annual salary for lawyers in Kazan on fresh vacancies and today's exchange rate.

1) Lawyer - work with contracts, customer consultation, participation in court sessions - maximum salary per year 7.953 USD.
2) Lawyer - legal maintenance of activity of the company, working with government agencies, working with contracts
the maximum salary in a year 6.959 USD.
3) Lawyer - full legal support of company activities, Methodical management of legal work' the development of local normative acts and other legal documents. - minimum(with a probability of 94% and the maximum wager is not much higher + / - $ 150) salary per year 7.953 USD.
4) Lawyer - legal counseling and adoption of a package of documents from the client. Writing claims, writs, motions. Representation of interests in court of the plaintiff - the maximum salary in a year 3.976 USD.
5) Lawyer - legal support of business activities of the Company. Administration of claims, mostly collecting debts is the maximum salary in a year 4.971 USD.

Perhaps this is enough, the rest of the vacancies are not much different in terms of wages.

Now imagine such a situation. Young and beautiful Shannon arrives in Kazan in 2015, she takes a job as a lawyer, with a maximum salary per year 8.000 USD. If Shannon can buy an apartment on credit, with such salary? The probability of this is hard to predict, but I would rate the probability of denial of credit (in different banks) in the region of 40 - 50 percent, because Shannon for these banks can be unreliable client, and it is a small apartment with an area of 350 sq ft, no parking, with neighbors alcoholics, etc. Other things (clothes, poor quality food, electronics, etc.) will be more accessible to Shannon, maybe someday she'll even be able to buy cheap (by "Russian standards") Korean car, because salary 8.000 USD is a relatively good salary for Kazan.
By the standards of western countries Shannon is quite poor lady who lives in a poor country.
The main point of this post is that the standard of living in Russia is relatively low (at least to look at salaries above), and when you say that many lawyers in the USA receive little salary, you are not talking about the fact that they have very tight(or am I mistaken?), but when we talk about a lot of lawyers in the RF who receive low salaries, the issue here is more about survival (example with Shannon in Kazan, it is rather an example of a successful lawyer in the RF).


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Jul. 31st, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Off. About salaries.
First, thanks for calling me young and beautiful! :)) Second, it's quite interesting to compare the salaries. To work and live in Russia has never been a dream of mine, even in a nice city like Kazan. :) My life in the USA is very good, though not extravagant. And, yes, when I spoke about attorneys in the USA making low salaries, I mean that it is sometimes difficult to survive and pay all bills on their lawyer income. This is because they are burdened with huge student loan debt and repayment! Did you receive a free legal education in Russia? If not, how much did it cost?
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Jul. 31st, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
I can't write a lot, because my English is not good.
I'm 43 now, so I remember Samantha very well. That period we was very scared of America. In school we have special lessons, even in primery school, what we must do, if nuclear war starts. Samantha and her parents opened American people for us. I want you tell Samantha's mother "Thank you" for your daughter.
And, if it will not indelicate... After Samantha's and her father's death there were rumors, that it was not just an accident , the CIA is quilty of it. Probably, it is stupid?..
Jul. 31st, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
"Samantha and her parents opened American people for us..." I love this! I'll be sure to tell Samantha's mom what you wrote. I also have read some of the conspiracy theories. I think they are just the stupid creations of very bored people. :) Btw, the English in your comment is fine. Do not be scared to write. :)
Jul. 31st, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
I can say the same - hectic life and tight schedule - even for home tasks... So I just try to read posts accumulated in my Inbox...
Sorry I didn't comment your previous posts in a good time. I saw that you wrote several posts but still didn't have time(((

As for the question - Isn't she sorry that Samantha wrote a letter to Mr.Gorbachev? because perhaps if she didn't write perhaps she wouldn't be in that plane that crushed...
Jul. 31st, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)
You did not miss much. I have not had time to write recently. :( Thanks for the question for Samantha's mom. I hope you at least get to spend some weekends at your dacha to relax. :)
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Jul. 31st, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
Beautiful child. I felt sorry for her even before she perished when I saw as soviet propaganda machine turn her into a show girl to promulgate communist's ideas. I'd asked her mom if someone from the U.S. government talked to them about Soviets just use or even abuse their daughter. Or maybe themselves understood this but just don't care about.
Recently I read a very interesting article http://www.wired.com/2015/07/secret-cold-war-maps/
Amazingly how the same guy, who denied USSR wants to destroy US and who invited her to visit the best Russian children camp Artek in Crimea, General Secretary of KPSU Andropov was preparing to destroy it anyway. He was head of KGB before he became leader of the country.
KGB created millions of maps of the foreign countries including U.S. with extremely sharp details. Obviously it was done with purpose to invade this country and facilitate the movement of the troops.
Aug. 1st, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
I'm curious also to know what she thought about life in the Soviet Union at the time her daughter visited. And how was the visit arranged? What did they promise or assure her about safety, etc. ? These are all questions I'll ask.
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Jul. 31st, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
In 2000s a lot of young graduates dreamt to be a lower!) It was very prestigious to became a freshman at juristic faculty. At the same time, there were more abilities to pass exams at medical academy. Now, we have a lot of lowers, but there are not almost these who are eager to be a medical worker due to no financial stability at all(((
Now, for example, I am one of the younger specialists at my hospital. The basic ones are over 50 yo.
Aug. 1st, 2015 12:30 am (UTC)
Good medical professionals are a huge benefit to every society! Very important work you do. :) It's a pity you're not well compensated for it.
Jul. 31st, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
Hello Shannon!
who is this girl?
Aug. 1st, 2015 01:02 am (UTC)
Hi! How are you? :) She was a schoolgirl and peace activist during Cold War times. You can reab about her here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith.
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Jul. 31st, 2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
I have no idea who this girl was and what she is known for.


BTW, If I am not mistaken, I remember that you are lawer and you are making around 10K per month or so according to your own words - and it doesn`t fit well with your phrase "finances are tight and airfare there too expensive" - with such an influx of money you can fly to Europe every weekend.
Jul. 31st, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
120K makes a very poor lawyer.
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Jul. 31st, 2015 11:22 pm (UTC)
For statistics: I've heard about her first time now
Aug. 1st, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
Okay, good to know! I'll tell you about her after my visit to Maine. :)
Jul. 31st, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
Go ask the mother if they really have collected any tetradrachms from the Kremlin Empire.

BTW, what about that girl herself? Is she alive or moved to the land of her adorators?
Aug. 1st, 2015 12:16 am (UTC)
Sadly, she died at only 13 in a plane crash. :((
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Aug. 1st, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
I remember Samantha. She was so nice girl
Aug. 1st, 2015 02:09 am (UTC)
I only learned about her from Alexander, when we traveled to Maine together a few years ago. It's great that her legacy remains alive in small town Maine, with museums and statues in her honor.
Aug. 1st, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
It's nice to know people remember Samantha. For me she and President Reagan's initiative exhibition "IT in the USA" became first impressions about American people - just people and not enemies :)
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
We are still just "people" not enemies! I promise. :) I don't remember this Reagan initiative "IT in the USA"?
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Aug. 1st, 2015 04:56 am (UTC)
> Does the younger generation in Russia know about Samantha's legacy?

Me, i practically learned that name out of this blog.
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad I could teach you something new. :)
Aug. 1st, 2015 06:00 am (UTC)
I was living in Moscow in those years but Samntha's story passed by me. I was so digusted with politics back then that I tried to type SAMIZDAT books, instead on listening to news.
So, I just read about Samantha in wiki. I am struck by the contrast bewtweeb the beauty o0f her soul, and her tragic and untimely death. I would give my condolences to her mom, on her losing her beautiful child and her husband,- of course, if you find it appropriate.
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC)
I will be sure to pass along your condolences. I have always been disgusted by politics, that's why I prefer to focus on ordinary people in this blog. :)
Aug. 1st, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm 22 year old Belarusian girl and I know who Samantha Smith is. I knew about her when I was a child, I found an old magazine dated, as I'm not mistaken, 1990 or smth. like that. I've never heard even the name of Samantha before, but I really was petrified, shocked with her story, her journey to USSR and especially ARTEK, and I remember that I can't stop crying...
Samantha is my hero. I'm really really really glad to see the photo of this brave girl here and I'm proud of being aware of her story.
..While writing this I've recollected that a diamond has been named after Samantha..
She herself was a real diamond.

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Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, she was an amazing child! It is always good to bridge cultural gaps and try to build peace with others, no matter the nation. I try to do this in my blog, but am not always successful.
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