The presentation on Wednesday, 27 April was the most intense event on the US tour. Attended by about 40 fans of the Wende Cold War museum, the group was highly educated and very curious (more than half had visited Russia, and about the same number spoke Russian). The Q&A lasted more than 1.5 hours!
In attendance was a journalist from People’s World, the online publication of the American Communist Party, who wrote the piece below.
American-Russian Analyst Laments the New Cold War
by: Eric A. Gordon
CULVER CITY, Calif. - American-born Justin Lifflander, graduate of Cornell University, arrived in Russia (then the USSR) in 1987 as a driver-mechanic for the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Within the year he found himself serving as a missile inspector at a Soviet production plant, as authorized by the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. (Remember Reagan's slogan "Trust but verify?" - this was the verify part.)