The Yugoslav Union of Journalists (SNJ) was invited by Viktor Afanasjev to sign a continuation of a protocol with the Russian union. Mitja Gorjup, the president, led the delegation, I was a member.
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The unions of journalists of Yugoslavia and the USSR cooperated, on paper, according documents called "protocols". The signing and the contents of the document were in principle a formality. The 4-5 days visit was mainly sightseeing, lunches, receptions, contacts. Moscow, Leningrad, Vladimir and Suzdal were on the program. (If you remember "Rubljov?" then you'll understand) Since I had never been to the USSR, I thought it would be wise to balance my act a little bit and go to see the "senior brothers". On the other hand - meeting with Viktor Afanasjev, president of their union, was a rare opportunity because he was also the editor of "Pravda" the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin and member of the CC of the CPSS. Real big fish. So, I went