The offers I couldn’t refuse
In 1988, I was invited to the Communist Party Committee of the “Novosti” Press Agency (APN), where I was told, that “there is a decision” to give me recommendation to the postgraduate studies in the Academy of Social Sciences of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
— What is your decision? – the Secretary of the Committee asked me.
— Thank you. I agree.
— Fine. Please, inform the Chief Editor of your Department.
When I entered the room of Nikolay Fedin, the Chief Editor of the Asian Department of APN and told him about the offer I had just received, he was surprised.
— What did you tell them? – he asked me.
— I agreed.
— Are you crazy? You will lose three years. What they can teach you there?!