Welcome to Episode 10 of Cold War Conversations.
Today we’re moving away from the GDR and Czechoslovakia to the Soviet Union.
Jeremy Poynton was a 16 year old school boy in 1968 when he embarked on a memorable trip by road from Leningrad to Odessa.
He vividly describes a Soviet Union still struggling with poverty and a diverse range of peoples from city dwellers to remote Chechen villagers.
It’s a unique story as Jeremy details his experiences and the sights of a 1960s Soviet Union just as the Prague Spring was being suppressed
I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did, we welcome Jeremy Poynton.
And finally, risking the wrath of the police, a murky photo of our Morris Minor, taken from the Dormobile as we were being arrested and take to the local cop show for crimes against the Five Year Plan (diverting without permission up into Chechnya!). pic.twitter.com/RhhNrsvKa1— Jeremy Poynton (@ChippyOldGit) May 10, 2018
Red Square, with its huge queue to see Lenin. I didn't go and check him out, even though, as in other such places, as soon as people realised were were foreigners, you got ushered to the front of the queue. pic.twitter.com/gNfSXGnCa2— Jeremy Poynton (@ChippyOldGit) May 10, 2018
If you could invite three personalities from the cold war period to have a few pints with, who would they be?