Intourist: Come to us in the USSR!

Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

Back in 1929, when 1/6 of the land was more or less stabilized, Stalin, by special decree, created one of the first monopolies - Intourist, the only company in the Soviet Union that could organize the rest of foreign tourists, who after the turbulent revolutionary years in The USSR was sorely lacking ...
Of course, the main goal of Joseph Vissarionovich was to show those interested in capitalist countries how well we are. On this occasion, the initial recruitment of employees consisted exclusively of NKVD employees (it must be said that nothing changed in the following years, the KGB and people continued to serve in Intourist to avoid, so to speak, a thousand times the KGB ...) .
Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

Of course, the young Country of the Soviets had neither the capacity nor the desire to allocate any funds to the new organization, even in the name of creating a favorable image in the eyes of the rest of the world, therefore, initially, Intourist did not have money.True, it was not for nothing that the first workers were recruited from the NKVD-Schnick - the situation with internal capital changed by leaps and bounds.
In 1933, Intourist was merged (in what way — one can only guess) with the All-Union Society Hotel. From this point on, Intourist acquired several hotels and its own motor transport, so as not to lose sight of a priori “hostile” tourists, who, by some incredible coincidence, wanted to see the beauty of the largest country in the world.
The material base, it must be said, grew so fast that in 1934, for the Intourist motor transport, it was necessary to build a separate garage almost in the very center of Moscow. To further enhance prestige, Intourist offices were opened in several European countries (France, Germany, Great Britain) and in the USA. Especially on this occasion, printed advertising leaflets - a little naive, but definitely - pastoral.
Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

Did the expectations of foreign tourists correspond to reality? This is best described in the 1947 book by the famous writer John Steinbeck’s Russian Diary:
“Sava”, as well as “Metropol”, is intended for foreigners.People who live in the Metropolis believe that Sava is better, that food and service are better there. On the other hand, those who live in Savoy are sure that food and service is better in Metropol. This has been going on for years.
We gave us a room on the second floor of “Savoy” ... Ours was bathing, and we glorified throughout Moscow, had our own bath, had a number of features. It was not so easy to enter it - it was impossible to open the door and enter, because there was a bath on the way to the door. Who needed to go to the bathroom, took a step inside, went behind the sink, closed the door and only then had the opportunity to move through the bathroom.
Vann was unstable on the legs, and if, sitting in it, to make an awkward movement, it jumped up and the water poured on the floor.
Vanna was an old, maybe even pre-revolutionary, enamel on the bottom of the shrine, and the surface was steel as it was.
Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

If a visitor arrives in any city of America, they will show him the Chamber of Commerce, the airfield, the new building of the court, the pool and the arsenal. And those who came to Russia are being taken to a museum and a park of culture and recreation.
There is a park of culture and recreation in any city, and we have become accustomed to them - skameyki, long flower beds, the statues of Stalin and Lenin, stone sculptural groups in memory of the battles that occurred in the city during the revolution.
If you don’t look at the local park of culture and recreation, it will be considered the same tactless as if you would refuse to look at the districts of the new building in the American town ...
Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

Russians in Moscow are very suspicious of foreigners, who are constantly monitored by tain police. Each step becomes known, and it is reported to the central shtab. An agent has been assigned to each foreigner. In addition, the Russians do not accept foreigners in their homes and are even afraid, it seems, to talk with them.
A letter sent to a member of the government is usually left without an answer, and subsequent letters do not answer either. If a person is annoying, he is told that an official person has left the city or is ill.
Foreigners with great difficulty are allowed to travel around Russia, and while traveling with them, they observe it. Because of this general coldness and suspicion, the foreigners arriving in Moscow are forced to communicate exclusively with each other. ”
Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

In the late 60s, American writer Robert Heinlein describes this much more rigidly:
“Going to this country, do not lose your vigilance - Intourist is the same Kremlin agency as Gromyko or Mikoyan. Its functions include: 1) to receive your money in advance; 2) to give in return as little as possible due to poor housing,excessively expensive meals and reduced working hours of guides and drivers; 3) force you to spend time so that you see as little as possible, and 4) ensure that in insignificant free time you see only what the Kremlin will not object to: "new buildings" (outside), parks "culture and recreation" (filled with spewing propaganda loudspeakers), ballets, museums, stadiums and the outer walls of public buildings ...
Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

All your travels around the country are fully controlled by Intourist: you buy all the tickets from it, the services of guides and chauffeurs, hotel rooms, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners ...
You will be offered a choice of "luxury" and tourist classes A and B. The lone traveler may risk to stay in tourist B, if he does not object to the public toilet, bathroom of questionable cleanliness and a bed with a neighbor in his room.
A couple of travelers can try tourist A, supposedly (but not really) equal to first class in the rest of the world.
But, in all honesty, I can’t recommend you the luxury category, because even the best in Russia is amazingly bad by our standards - bathrooms without a bath,even whole hotels without baths, lack of hot water, “eccentric”, if not worse, toilets, tasteless food, dirty dishes that make one's expectations crazy.
Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

Start by recognizing that Intourist is not actually a travel agency, as Cook or American Express are used to seeing. This is the bureau of the communist government, its function is to pump dollars out of the Yankees upfront, roll along the path bounded on all sides and kick the other end, leaving them to remain in the same ignorance of the host country as at the beginning.
Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

Example: the guide is not here to help you, but to make you inspect the stadium - so try to dodge and not get to any of the stadiums in the Soviet Union.
Of course, there are stadiums here, since people are so eager for “unity” - where else can you admire the ten thousand people who do the exercises simultaneously? (This is called "Games.")
Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

Intourist: Come to us in the USSR! so that “Intourist”, “Intourist” can, can, see, rest, culture, tourists, stadium, better, time, itself, Vanna, agency, country, travel, therefore, end, Of course

But the guide receives an order to force you to inspect the stadium; No other theory can explain the perseverance with which all Intourist guides insist on seeing the local stadium.
If you manage to return from the Soviet Union without visiting any stadium, you can award yourself with the Order of the Hero-Traveler in the USSR of the first degree ”.
(translation A.

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