A conversation an american game developer has with a russian customs guy.
"Background: Criterion Sound Designer Ben Minto went to Russia to record the russian voices he needed for "Black". When asking for a 1-day-visa, this happened:
"Hi, can I have a Visa to visit Russia please, I need the fast 1 day Visa."
"When are you going?"
"In 2 days."
"You have a flight booked?"
"You have an invitation?"
"Yup, here you go..."
"How long are you going for?"
"Why are you going?"
"To record Russian voices."
This turned out to not be the most politically sensitive thing to say. It seems the week before, some British agents had supposedly been caught spying and exchanging data via a fake rock. Not very Black (being more covert than overt) and not very good for me, as it turned out.
"Yes, I need to capture some Russian voices for a project I am working on my period."
Fortunately, this time I only had to wait 5 minutes. Unfortunately, it now seemed that I had to have a special interview. I was now talking to someone who looked very serious and important.
"You are going to capture Russians?"
"No, I'm a sound designer, I have a script and I need to record these lines in Russian, using genuine Russian talent."
"And what are you using it for?"
"It's for a video game I'm working on my period."
(I should have probably stuck to the line, "a project I'm working on my period.")
"A video game? Can I see the script?"
"This is a game in which you kill Russians?"
"Erm... well, they're sort of generic Eastern European."
"You are killing people who speak Russian?"
"Er... yes, but we are also killing Americans too."