How I Escaped From the Soviet Union

Yuri Maltsev, an adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev’s government, tells the story of his defection to the U.S., and relates stories from his life in the Soviet Union.

While at Moscow State University, he received special permission to read forbidden, anti-communist books. He was told to take his permission letter, get in the elevator, and press the button that had no number on it. This took him to a floor with two armed librarians, who had him sign still more forms, swearing never to reveal the contents of the books he was about to read.

My whole conversation with Yuri is like this. Have a listen! Of course, to make me happy, you should also subscribe to the Tom Woods Show, which brings you programs like this every day, on iTunes or Stitcher!


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