Pravda? – da, pravda!
After referring to one more point I shall conclude this discussion about newspapers in the S.U. This point is, how much the Soviet people read these newspapers… Before the newspapers arrive in the stalls in the morning there is already a long line of people waiting for the paper … The most common use of the newspapers in the Soviet Russia is its use in the lavatory in place of toilet papers. Toilet papers are almost unknown to the average Russians. Toilet papers are available only in the first class hotels in Moscow… When I first arrived in Moscow I considered a packet of toilet papers presented to me by my American friends to be the best present in Moscow. Other uses of newspapers for the Moscovites are, for packing goods, for sitting on the grass in a park, for covering oneself from rains in the street and many more. This is all about newspapers in the Soviet Russia.
Prof. K.C. Mahanta, M.Sc. (Ag.), Kand. Sc. (Moscow), Assam Agricultural College, Jorhat, Assam. Three Years in Soviet Russia, Seven Seas, Hyderabad, A.P. India, 1962.