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2 I Saw Some Incredible Stuff: Stories of Western Celebrities in USSR [photos]

I Saw Some Incredible Stuff: Stories of Western Celebrities in USSR [photos]

Posted on April 24, 2018 by tim


Sometimes American and Western Europe celebrities had a chance to visit USSR and even the Iron Curtain wasn’t a problem. The most usual way to get into the Soviet Country was to go on tour. To get inside with a musical program you had to pass a sort of exam first – your musical creations would be thoroughly examined by a council of a few Soviet top officials and then they will decide if your creative side is a danger for the Soviet spirit or not. If they find it acceptable you can be admitted inside. And here are the stories of some of the celebrities who were lucky enough to get in.

We will start with David Bowie. “Moscow people are cold, but Siberians are friendly” was his quote after visiting USSR.

 

He traveled all across the USSR on the train, the Trans Siberian railroad, together with his band members. He arrived from Japan to the Russian Far East and planned to go thru the whole country, then reach Moscow and start his European tour from Moscow.

They very quickly became friends with the rail road attendant girls who were working in their railroad car and spent a lot of time with them. One of the Bowie’s band member was sure the girls were KGB agents under cover though.

This was in the year 1973. Bowie said he liked Siberia more than European Russia. “Siberians are very friendly and Siberia itself is so huge. But the closer you come to Moscow the smarter the people and same time the more arrogant they become”.

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2 Responses to “I Saw Some Incredible Stuff: Stories of Western Celebrities in USSR [photos]”

  1. Douglas says:

    IMO these foreign celebrities come to Russia and then leave. Their presence is just a meaningless curiosity to the natives. Life goes on.

  2. kwhunter says:

    Mohammed Ali my foot… his name was MUHAMMAD Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay)

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