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SECRET//NOFORN: SCENESETTER FOR THE ALTERNATIVE PARTY 2011

S E C R E T HELSINKI 000115  
SIPDIS 
STATE FOR EAP/IET, INR/EAP, AND EUR/NB 
E.O. 18914: DECL: 04/10/2022 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM MOPS ID FI EAIDS
SUBJECT: SCENESETTER FOR THE ALTERNATIVE PARTY 2011
REF: HELSINKI 00286 (NOTAL) 
CLASSIFIED BY: POPLOF BAUER SCHIFFER FOR REASONS 1.8 (B AND D)

¶1. (S/NF) TWENTY YEARS AGO THE CURTAIN THAT HAD SEPARATED EUROPE WAS PULLED AJAR.  THE SOVIET UNION SWAYED, FALTERED AND CRUMBLED UNDER ITS OWN WEIGHT.  THE DREAM OF A CENTRALLY PLANNED ECONOMY EVAPORATED WITH IT.  THE NATION HAD BEEN TOTALITARIAN, SECRETIVE, EVEN MILITANT, BUT WE SHOULD NOT EVER FORGET THE SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL ACHIEVEMENTS INDIVIDUALS WITHIN IT WERE CAPABLE OF REALISING.  IN COMPUTERS YOU WILL FIND BRIGHT CODERS AND DIGITAL ARTISTS PUSH THE BOUNDARIES WHEREVER YOU GO, AND EVEN THE IRON FIST WOULD NOT CRUSH THAT.  IN FACT THERE WAS A FLOURISHING DEMOSCENE AND HACKER SCENE NOT SO DIFFERENT FROM OUR OWN — EXCEPT, PERHAPS, IN THE LEVEL OF VODKA CONSUMED.  THIS SCENE HAS CONTINUED ACTIVELY EVER SINCE, AND IN 2003 A SMALL TEAM OF PEOPLE FROM THE ALTERNATIVE PARTY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST WESTERNERS TO VISIT A RUSSIAN DEMOPARTY.  THIS YEAR WE ARE CELEBRATING THE INVENTIVENESS AND STAMINA OF SCIENTISTS AND TECHNOLOGISTS FROM THE SOVIET ERA, AS WELL AS LOOKING BACK, WITH NOSTALGIA, AT SOME OF THOSE DREAMS — WITHOUT LOSING THE EXPERIMENTATION, FUN AND QUIRKINESS FOR WHICH THE ALTERNATIVE PARTY IS KNOWN.

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