PMI visits the Soviet Union

In June of 1990, thirty delegates and ten companions visited the USSR under the auspices of PMI and People to People to exchange ideas and experiences with their counterparts in China, the Soviet Union, and other Eastern Bloc countries. This article presents short reports from four different perspectives: the professional's, the participant's, the companion's, and the editor's. Delegate leader Brian Fletcher was impressed by the vast differences in culture, noting that pockets of advanced technology existed paradoxically amid an otherwise antiquated and faltering system. PMI Editor-in-Chief Fran Webster reported on the results of a survey about the participants' reactions to the trip. Companion Jebby Webster saw more of the tourist attractions and interesting sights than did the delegates. Summing up the team members' feeling about the trip, Fran Webster said there was a strong sense of wanting to be friends with people of such intelligence and unrealized potential, and there was a shared desire to help them move forward.
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