"Well, Vladimir, you have a most impressive resume. I see that you started in the mail room at the KGB, worked your way up to the top of that organization, and then stole the entire country. Just exactly what is the secret to your success?"
"Is very simple, Roger. I may call you Roger? Secret is people are sheep, I am wolf. Wolf have no rules. Is natural order for wolf to eat sheep. So, no rules, just follow my self interest."
"It's much more difficult here in this country. People here are sheep, too, but we have to pretend to follow the rules."
"Would be simpler to murder your enemies, or lock them up, I think."
"Well, we are killing the competition, but not literally. We can't use direct action like that. Instead, we use our so-called news outlet to manipulate the public by playing upon their fears and natural prejudices. We rant and rave and get the viewers all worked up about things. It's simply amazing how well it works. The public keeps voting against everything that might benefit them. Sometimes, we have to laugh at how stupid our viewers are. Everyone here at our network gets a lot of enjoyment from pulling the wool over people's eyes - are you familiar with that expression?"
"Is of very great interest to me. But I do not think I would fit in here, Roger."
"You misunderstand me, Vlad. I am not suggesting that you come to work for me - I want to go to work for you."
"Okay. I start you at bottom. Here is pistol, Makarov nine millimeter."
"Nooooo, I don't think I'm cut out for that. What I propose is to set up a so-called news outlet for you here in the U.S., modeled on our own, and create influence for you among the voters and elected officials here."
"I see. Propaganda."
"We call it news."
"Why would you do that, Roger? As you say here, 'what's in it for you, tovarisch?'"
"Frankly, I'm bored. Fooling most of the people most of the time has gotten to be too easy for me. I need a new challenge. If I can get Americans to vote for you, well, that would be something to brag about!"
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