Soviet Union: For This You Need a Ph.D.?

For This You Need a Ph.D.?

Interrupting his work on a master's degree at the University of North Dakota, Danny Knopfle, 24, took a job one mile from the Kremlin hauling garbage. Sara Fenander, 24, became a Moscow nanny after earning a master's degree at Stanford University. They and dozens of other young Americans whose studies focused on the Soviet Union have accepted maintenance jobs in Moscow at the U.S. embassy and its diplomatic residences.

After the Soviet government withdrew the mission's 260 Soviet employees 16 months ago to protest the expulsion of its diplomats from Washington, the State Department hired a private U.S. contractor to fill...

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