Levon's speech at the rally on December 8, 2007, is now online. here is one of my favorite excerpts:
This may sound crazy but the Soviet economy resembled the industry LTP describes.
...(on the accusations that he destroyed the economy of the Soviet Union) The Soviet economy was isolated from the world markets and was a closed, prison-like, or more precisely, a concentration-camp like system. Just like prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies, any isolated and closed system is capable of creating a more or less vibrant economy. From my personal experience, the best example is from my cell in Moscow's "Matrosskaya Tishina" prison. Within a short period of time, with the help of experienced prisoners, we created a wide industrial base and I became a participant in that as well. That ultra-modern industry would produce basic necessities for internal consumption:
- high quality glue for rolling cigarettes made from bread mixed with water;
- ornate and colorful playing cards made of cigarette packs;
- excellent chess pieces sculpted of bread;
- fuel, derived from plastic bags, to disinfect rotting salami;
- biscotti from bread dried on the heating panels;
- eye patch made from handkerchiefs;
- necktie made from a towel; etc.
According to my cell mates, the high security prisons had a more vibrant industry with better assortment of products.
The whole speech is available on LevonForPresident.com