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One of 4 illustrations for The Rumpus post, Journalists Invade Former Soviet Union.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Synopsis: It’s 1998. A California woman, a college senior, is working as an intern at the San Diego Union-Tribune. She spots a flyer in the lobby: REPORTERS NEEDED IN FORMER USSR. She decides to embark on a great adventure.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

My new employer required that I prove I had a clean criminal record in the United States and wanted me to have a police officer state as much.
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“You want what?” the cop on the other end of the phone line asked. “That’s not something we can do. But good luck in Russia.”blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

I opted for an in-person request my second time round and after talking to several people finally was told to send them something in writing. A week or so later I received a letter back saying in effect that I had no record in their town but that I might be a mass murderer in Alabama. I got it notarized to make it look more official.blank vertical space, 24 pixels highyoung California girl with roller blades in police lineup with thugs mobsters hoods bad guys


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