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- Yes, it's my turn!

Military and political censorship
is still rife in the republic ...

Let’s get to it.

… Balkan forces based at the border,
as well as the Turkish military—

Turkey is trying to keep
to the policy of prudence,

resorting only to a peaceful resolution,
but the Iranian side is still cautious about—

Tell him not to yell at me.

- Well he's not yelling now.

- What happened?

- Dad found Rubles in the piggy bank.
- What?

- Someone changed Marks for Rubles.

- And Dad thinks it was me.
That's how your parents are.

- How do I know you're really my parents?

Maybe I got mixed up at the hospital.

It happens often enough.

- I'm so sick of all this.

- Look how much grey hair I've got.

Okay, that'll do.

… That was the latest news.
And now today in detail—/i>

Other people go and work for the Germans.

Mopping their floors. But you?
You turn your nose up. Kid-glove treatment.

I personally don’t see any disgrace in that.

- Why are you sitting around?
- Enough of that, for God’s sake.

- But to steal—
- We didn’t!

- Silence!

- Now this is shameful.

Mopping floors isn’t.

- I told you it wasn't me.

- If you need money, I'll give it to you.

And you can buy him whatever you want.

And don't you be rude to your mother.

Refugees are the real scourge of our time.

Hey you!

Play something!


Johannes, what are you doing down there?
Stop right now and go home!

Come on!


Have you hurt yourself?

- No.

- Are you looking for someone here?

- Yes.

- Wait a moment.

All right, see you next Thursday.

- Bye.

- So what are you looking for?

Good morning Mr Fisher.
- Morning.

- What can I do for you?

- Does Johannes have a phone at home?

- I'll check.

What does this young man want with us?
- He wants lessons.

He's from the barracks, I think.

I thought maybe he could go to Herr Reck.

- No, Herr Reck is completely
tied up with Johannes.

- Did you see what happened
to him in the yard?

- And what out young man has to put up with.

You know how it looked to you.
And Herr Reck isn't any better.

There are no places.

Besides, they couldn't pay for it anyway.

- She thinks your parents can’t afford the lessons.

Do your parents work?

- Mum doesn't work.
My Dad works.

Only his father works.

- That's what I said.

Johannes' parents don't have a phone.

You know that whole story about his father?
- Yes.

- Well young man.

You'd normally register in September.
But I think they'll refuse you.

… We now continue our programme
“Living in Germany."

We're going to discuss what
sort of relationship Germany

is building with developing countries,

latest trends in the West German labor market,

as well as typical holidays and hobbies.

In terms of of the amount of aid provided,
West Germany is among the top providers.

Based on the policy of equal rights,
it cooperates with over 150 other countries …

Since reunificaton, Germany has kept expanding
its relationship with developing countries—

Sinelnikov, where are you always off to
with that accordion?

- None of your business.

- Look what I found.

Attention, 8th grade students

please report at 5 o'clock to the medical
office for a preventative examination.

I repeat, 8th grade students please report
at 5 o'clock to the medical office ...


If you tell me where you're going now,
I'll give it to you.

Why are you following me?

Are you crazy?

Go home.

- Wait a moment.

- What do you want?

- I wanted to play for you. Can I?

- No, my mother will be home soon. Go.

Can I please speak to Captain Grishin?

- Who's calling?
- Nadya Sinelnikova.

- Captain Grishin here.

- This is Nadya.

- Ah, hello.
- Hello.

I need your help.

- That depends.

You know I'm planning to enrol at
the University of Moscow.

To study journalism.

- Yes, yes, yes.
Can you sign me up for an interview?

- Of course.

You see, I need permission
from the barracks to go to Russia.

- Why didn't your father arrange that?

- We had a fight.

You see, my ticket is for the 7th.

- So, I need permission as soon as possible.

- Yes, of course, but that's difficult.

Look, I’m coming to the barracks for the holiday.

Will you be there?
- Yes.

FROM 27.03.93

We now continue with a program in German
from the radio station “Volga”.

Good morning, beloved Volga.

Do you recognise me?

- What do you want?

- I wanted to ask if you can give me lessons?

- What do you mean?

- Accordion lessons.

- Good God.

Wait a minute, I'll ask Dad. What's your name?
- Alexei.

Come in.

This is him.

- What's your name, my boy?

- It's Alexei. He speaks German too.

- Interesting.

- So why did we have to learn your language?

Please, sit down.

- There goes that Udo again.

He always has to work on his engines at the weekend.

He doesn't give a shit, but we do.

Last winter he used up two sacks
of our wood that were in the yard.

Without asking us.

- This cringing attitude is typical
of all of us in this family.

Except me.
Why didn't you complain?

- Well—

- Can we go down to grandma's and play?

- Of course, my darling.

- Sabine, whatever anyone says,
you don't need to worry. It's fine.

I'll drive you.

- The boy's quite shy.

- Leave him alone.

- At least with the Russians,
young people still have a bit of decency.

- When the Russians are gone they'll fill
the barracks with gypsies from all over Europe.

We'll weep for them.
- Yes.

I'm not sure Mum and Dad
would cry for the Russians.

May i listen?

- Yeah, sure.

- Does he play better than you?

- He's not bad.

Steffi, don't touch.

- My Dad says the accordion
affects my performance at school.

- Steffi, leave that alone.

Is your father strict?
I mean, because he's an officer.

No, it looks that way. But he isn't.

- We're going to Mum and Dad's now.

- It was just you, wasn't it?
- Yes.

- Let's go.
- Come on. Uncle Herbert has to get home.

- Well, I'll ask at the company, Rosemarie.
But I can't promise anything.

You know what it's like these days.
- Yes.

Yes, this continual driving
day after day is wearing me out.

It's unbearable.
- Oh for God's sake!

In Japan, they drive 60 km to work.

Even further on average.
- Japan is where Japanese people live.

- Think yourself lucky.
I'd drive 100 km if someone'd hire me.

- Come on, get a move on.
Four hours on the train isn't so easy, is it.

I'm really looking forward to Klingenthal.
You too, Sabine?

- Of course, Uncle Herbert.

- Our little darling is the best.

- I'm going to do some more practice. Bye.

- Bye
- Bye.

- You'll hear from me, OK?

You can stay if you want.
- Thanks.

But I have to go now. It's getting late.

- Well, if you want lessons from me,
you have to have enough time.

Pay close attention.

… and now we're going to tell you how the Germans
usually spend their free time and holidays.

Travelling is the most popular
pastime for the Germans.

Thanks to constantly improving
well-being and reduced working hours,

the Germans now enjoy more
free time and longer holidays.

However, it hasn't
always been like this.

At the beginning of the century, the majority of
hired workers couldn't even dream of holidays.

Many Germans spend their
holidays in their own country,

but most of the holidaymakers are eager
to go to the warmer, southern regions.

In 1990, they spent 50 billion German marks abroad.

Most popular countries are Italy, Spain,
Austria, France, Switzerland and the USA.

- Hi.
- Hi yourself.

Shall we go for a walk?
- All right.

Why are you so sullen?

A round of applause for the winners!

Today, after the Victory Day parade formation

all units will report to the sports ground

for the competition.


What's going on?

- Ensign Efremov. May I answer, Comrade Major?

- When asked, no permission is required to answer.

- Efremov.

- Yes sir.

I asked a question.

- I didn't quite understand, Comrade Major.

- What's this?

- A fire.

We were passing and thought
we could sit around the fire.

- Let's go.

Tanja, take the plates.

- Tanja, why didn't Nadja come alone?

- Luda, I’m pouring the drinks.


- Tanja, who's Grishin?

- A new guy.

- Right, has everybody been served?

- Never mind. I didn’t have time for that.

- Everyone, Victory Day has come.

We've waited a long time for it.

Let's drink to it.

To victory.

Come on, pour, let's have a drink!

Come on, eat up!

Alexei, why so dull in here?
Go and get your accordion.

Go on.

Sinelnikov, come here.

Play for us.

Come on.

Why do you only play for officers?
Play something for us, for the common soldiers.



Don't run away.

♪ Victory Day, oh how far from us it was, ♪

♪ Like a dwindling ember in a faded fire. ♪

♪ There were miles ahead,
they were dusty, they were burned. ♪

♪ We hastened this day as best we could. ♪

♪ This Victory Day ♪

♪ Is saturated with gunpowder, ♪

♪ It's a celebration ♪

♪ With temples already gray, ♪

♪ It's joy ♪

♪ With tears upon our eyes ♪

♪ This Victory Day. ♪

♪ This Victory Day ♪

♪ This Victory Day. ♪

Lescha. What's wrong? Why're you so glum?

You're a real killjoy.

You didn't even sing for us!

A pity.

Not a single smile all evening.

As if you've forgotten how.

Give me a smile!

Give me a smile! Now!

Do you know what you'll do
when you're alone with a woman?

No, you don’t.

But I know.
And I'm going to show you.

When a man stands in front of a woman,

This is what he does.

Little brat.


You can have the toy as a souvenir.

We're leaving tomorrow.

Take care

- You too, take care.

On Sunday they both go to the weekly market.

But they've been gone a long time.

Can you understand me?

The boy's already here.

- Hello.
- Hello.

- You're early.

What's that?

- It's for you.

A nice picture.

- That's very kind of you.
But you don't need to do that.

- Take your accordion.

- Where did that come from?

- It's from the little Russian.

- Disgusting.

So the kid's coming every weekend now?

- Have you got something against that?

I'm going to get us something to drink.

What did that cost?

- I live off your money, but that doesn't
mean you get to control me all the time.

- You have nothing to do.
That's why you think up stupid shit for Sabine.

Where would you be without her?
- That's nonsense.

I have nothing else to do.

Surely I'm allowed to look after
the kid now and again?

- This is what you call looking after, is it?

Can I take it with me?

- No.

I still have to fix it.


Please help me clean up the living room.

Mum's been working all week,
we have to help her.

But I can't just now.

Then in half an hour please.

Can we meet at your place next time?
- Yes.

Leosch, that's enough of that dirge.
Come and eat.

Leosch, Dad’s scheduled for a doctor’s
appointment on the 7th.

In Potsdam.

He alrady has a queue number.

But I'm asking you—

please lay off him a bit.

And when Nadja comes from Moscow today—

please tell her—

not to be rude to her Dad.

He does the best he can.

- OK. I'm going out.

- But you've hardly eaten anything.

Oh shit.

- Where are you off to, little Sinelnikov?

Going into town?

- What do you care?

Do you remember Sveta Chiistikova?

I ran into her in Moscow.
She's married and has a child.

Three and a half kilos, 49 centimetres.

- Nadja, have you found someone?

- Can’t you see she has?
- What makes you think that?

- You’ve picked a nice dress

and you seem quite happy.

- Great.

- I'm happy, that's all.

- Is your father at home?

- I wish you well, Comrade Major!
- What is it?

- We saw your son trying to escape
through the gates into the city.

- And you came to snitch?

- No, I just thought I'd report it.

- Well, you’ve reported, you may go now.

- Okay.

What's going on?

- Leave him alone, he was at the music school.

- What music school?

We'll be recalled!
- Then let them.

- We'll be sent back to Moscow.
- Quiet!

- There's always something going on
behind my back in this family.

You're finished with the accordion!

- Is your German friend well off?

- Yes.

- "Cast and crew from the Film 'Truth and Challenge'
reveal their family lives."

Why did you think of that?

- Because everything is clean and tidy there.
Posh even.

- “Meet the director
of the film ‘Truth or Dare’

“Alik Kishishjan and
the producer Dina de Lorenzi.”

Bring me another book.

- I'm scared, woman.

If what they told me at the clinic is true—
- Don't be silly.

- Tanja, I'm 41.

- And Pashka Sokolov made Colonel long ago.
- Calm down.

- I'm scared, woman.

Scared shitless.

A retraining session has just ended
at the troops' headquarters in Wimsdorf.

For over two months,
25 WGT soldiers have been involved

in areas such as business
startup and corporate management

as well as management accounting.



- Yes!

- Hello.

Can I go through now?

- Yes, speak Russian.
I said I was waiting for someone called Masha.

Here we are.

Where are your parents?

- They’ve gone to the doctor in Potsdam.
Dad’s not well. That's them.

- Can she really cry?

- What?

- Cry.

- Yes, if you turn her over

Come on.

Actually, she does allow me
to invite Germans home.

But only if I tell her first.

I'll get my accordion.

What's that?


It's my Dad's pistol.

I can take it apart and reassemble it myself.

- Leave me alone.

- We have a guest.

You're Sabine?


Do you speak Russian?
- Yes, a little.

- Put that away!

Have you been playing the accordion?
- No.

- Put that away, I said!

I apologize.

Come on.

Are you a little upset?

- Yes.

- I received a letter yesterday.

I wasn't accepted into the university.

- What? I don't understand.

- I wanted to enrol at the university,
but I wasn't accepted.

- And what did your parents say?

- Nothing.
- Nothing?

- All they do is quarrel.

It was a mistake for me to come here.

- Even the dogs ​​know you were here.

Do you understand?
- No.

- Goodbye.
- Goodbye.

Sinelnikov, wait there.

Aren’t you a bit young to invite ladies over?

Sinelnikov junior.

- Is it forbidden?

- No, but from a moral aspect it's not all right.

How's your accordion coming along?

- Dad's locked it away.

- I think you wanted to—become a musician?

- No, I want to be an officer like Dad.

- Well, that's a good profession.

Tell me—why’s your sister—

being coy with me?
Doesn't she like officers?

- No idea.

- Two peas in a pod.

You sneak out of the barracks—why would
you go into town without permission?

Were you with that girl?

- Is that forbidden too?
- No.

You wanted to go to the music school, didn't you?

- Yes.

- I know. Nadja told me all about it.

Tell me, does she have anyone?
- I don't know, maybe.

- She needs a real man.

So she knows how to follow the rules.

... products of sanitary troops from the country.

On the contrary, it does so as quickly as possible.

This was stated by Russia's Foreign Minister,
Andrei Kosyrev—

in an exclusive interview with ITOTAS news agency.

We'd have had to go back sooner or later.

Now we have to get our things together..

- Think yourselves lucky you have 48 hours.

But you won't get to see Moscow.

Your new address is Zabaikalskiy,
Military District, Akatuy town.

But if we'd lasted here
another two or three months

we could have earned two or three thousand marks.

Then you would have got into the university.

- Why didn't you say that before?

- What was I supposed to do?

- You didn't lift a finger for me!
Others managed to adapt quickly.

Everyone has a car,
an apartment in Moscow—

One of the officers even opened a shop!
But you?

You won’t even splash out on a new dress!
- Silence!

Sorry madame.

All you do is wag your horrible tongue!

Have you forgotten who provides for you?

Little brat!

- What’s he going on about!

- I devoted my whole life to the army
and got nothing in return.

I don't even have a decent apartment!

- Calm down! You shouldn't—

- We get kicked out to the back of beyond.

And all because that boy brought a girl home.

- You shouldn’t be stressed out,
and it’s not your children’s fault.

- Calm down, my arse!

We're leaving.
- Yes I know.

- I came to say goodbye.

- But we'll see each other in Russia.

Won't we?

- Why did you tell my brother?

that—I knew—

he'd been sneaking into the city?

- That’s part of my job.

A special prayer to end the Easter matins.


What are you thinking about?

What are you going to do
when they catch you?

- 12 against it.

- Twelve?

- I thought it was four.

You have to help me.

- What are you talking about?
It's not my fault you ran away.

Are you hungry?
- I don't know.

I have to go. My mother's waiting.


- Sabine?

Alexei—has run away from home.
You understand?

Have you seen him?
- No.

- We don't want to call the police.

- Maybe he'll come back?


Recently he was in Germany with the delegation
of Russian generals and officers

led by First Deputy Defence Minister
Andrey Gagoshin.

The timetable included meetings with
representatives of the Federal Ministry of Defence,

visits to German armaments factories
and Bundeswehr associations.

I'm just packing a few things.

It's not forever.

Don't you care at all where I'm going to live?

Forgive me.


Will you come to visit me?

- What about Dad?

You're not leaving because
you had a fight with him, are you?

- No.

And you do know
I'll come and see you every weekend?

Don't practise too hard.

They were looking for you.

So piss off out of here.

Or should I call the police?

Go on, fuck off!
I don't want to see you around here again!

Spandau train now boarding.

Spandau, stand clear.

More and more private farmhouses are being built
in Russia by former professional soldiers.

A decision on their support was made
by the Soviet government more than a year ago.

The funding comes not only from the state,

but also private business banks and companies.

which clearly have the adaptability,

creativity and ability to adapt to
the requirements of the former military.

Excuse me please. I've been
living on the streets for four years—

ever since my parents kicked me out of the house.

And then I couldn't find a job.

Now, I never want to hold up cars.

So of course I have to buy a car first.

And that's why I'm asking for a small donation.

Give me a small donation.

Just some loose change.

Better this way.

All right, let's leave it at that.

You need to practise your compulsory piece a bit.

One day you'll thank me for all this.

Either you're the best—

or you're nothing.

What did you get?

Where are you from?

- Barracks.

- Barracks?

Russian barracks.

- Hi Lisa.

- Who's that you're hanging around with?

- You can't stay here very long.

- A few days maybe?

- You know what?

Pigs are definitely looking for you.

You know, the police.

Wait here. There's a guy who might
be able to smuggle you in.

We'll find something. For sure.

Put that down! Leave it!
- Lisa!

- It's mine!

Put it down I said!

- Put it down!
- Put it down!

- Oh have it then!

- Bastard!

OK Sabine, everything's in the fridge.

Are you coming at the weekend?

- I need to practise.

- When's the competition?

- Two weeks.

- Please call me before Friday.

Is everything all right with you?

- How's it going at work?

- Very good.

Everyone likes me.


- She decides to leave just when
you have to prepare for the competition.

You can forget about me, understand?

But now you finally have the chance
to show what you've learned in eight years.

Now she has to go!

And that's how your Mother cuts herself off.

Get up! Get up! Morning! Get up!

Morning! Get up! Breakfast!


Get up! Get up! Breakfast!

I wear those every day.

All right.

Then we'll have the black velvet frock.

Now. Show me.

Show me?


You're much steadier that way.

My darling.

I'll be right back.

How can you gape through my window like that?

What is it you really want from me?

You turn up, you just stand there—
and you don't even say anything!

The barracks are empty.

You should turn yourself in.

They'll catch you sooner or later.

It's too mechanical.
You've played that one much better.

- It's the key.

We'll have that repaired right away.

- What was that?

Hopefully that's fixed it now.
I'm sure it is..

The work is fun.
That's the main thing.

When you see yourself making progress—

And standards gradually go higher and higher—

That's what makes you happy.

There's always something to do here.

We strive here to get closer and closer
to the highest possible standard.

Sinelnikov! Sinelnikov! Stop.
What are you doing?

Come here at once!

Where on Earth have you been?

Come here I said! Now!

- Leave me alone!

- What the fuck are you doing?

- Get out of here!

Get out of here!

- Sinelnikov, have you lost your mind?

- Leave me alone!

What's the matter?

And now the last contestant for
today, Sabine Lindner, Germany.

What is it?
I don't understand.

Do you need anything?

- No. Everything's in the best of order.

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