Russian civilian dissident student in Moscow, Russia, 1980-1989; emigrated to Missouri, US, 1989.
REEL 1: Aspects of period in Soviet Union, 1973-1989: story of changing name from Felix Semenov to Daniel Rosen on arrival in US, 1989; family background in pre-Revolutionary Russia; description of daily life under Brezhnev; criminal associations of family; problem of crime and corruption in Soviet Union; attitude to anti-American propaganda; reasons for starting to question the Soviet regime; story of joining the Pioneers and being sent to a psychiatric hospital for three months for refusing to join Komsomol (Young Communists); description of conditions in psychiatric hospital and attempts to be released; story of being sent to special hospital for criminals in Moscow for exchanging illegal currency; reaction of mother and stepfather; opinion of doctor in hospital.
REEL 2 Continues: story about stepfather, trombonist in Moscow Conservatory Orchestra, challenging orchestra's trade union over corruption and going on hunger strike; reaction to threats made against family; reasons for deciding to leave Soviet Union and emigrate to US; problem of KGB harassment of family including bugging and the arrest and disappearance of sister; attitude to leaving Soviet Union. Aspects of period in Missouri, US, 1989-1995: story of arrival in US and settling in St Louis area; problem of adjustment to US lifestyle and finding employment; first impressions of US; story of plans to open restaurant in St Louis called 'Dr. Zhivago'.
REEL 3 Continues: further comments on problem of adjusting to life in US; comparison of culture and education in US and Russia; attitude to Russian politics; links with Russia; description of Russian Mafia activities following collapse of Soviet Union; importance of BBC broadcasts for Russians; reason for Russian families wanting children educated in GB; attitude to Russia's role during Second World War; problem of censorship in Russia; reads own poem about life under Soviet regime.