Recently Alik sent some newspaper clippings about life in the former Soviet Union. The articles tell about the Russian Mafia infiltrating businesses and the underground economy. The K.G.B. has gotten into the banking industry. Almost every major Russian bank has K.G.B. agents involved. There was a clipping from Moscow about an Iron Maiden concert that got rave reviews. The clippings were interpreted by our Coffeehouse translator, Anton, who is soon returning to Kiev with an armful ofSquawkMagazines.
In his most recent letter Alik writes, "I have received your letter and photos from California. You seem to have fun traveling. My friend in Austria wants to send you his poetry for your magazine. I am meeting him at the Rainbow Gathering with 1,000 other people in the Carpathian Mountains. Many of my friends live in the forest by a lake there. It is bad weather but I think we will be all right. I look forward to hearing from you soon." -- Alik and friends