Thursday, November 15, 2007
We just returned from an evening out with our newest Russian team mates, Sveta and Alexei H. Alexei is the Director of the BLTC. Sveta coordinates the Social Programs for the BLTC; they have lived in Krasnodar for 5 years now. We found out this evening that they only live across the street and up a few blocks from us. We had a great time eating, laughing and drinking tea.
We learned that back in Soviet times, you were only allowed to make a certain amount of money. Everyone had to be the same. So people who were blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit who decided to buy something cheap in another country and sell it in Russia could be put in prison!
Sveta told us that to purchase an item for one price and then sell it for a higher price was illegal. Therefore, the shame attached to being a sales person was pretty huge. I am glad that Sveta was able to overcome the negative feelings associated with sales… she is the one I buy Avon from!