The ex-Russian general who became a major in the German army-he fought on both sides during the war and has photographs and documents to prove it - is still fighting.....
G.V. Main street in Dublin.
Long V. The house where General is living. (General Mikael Vassiliev)
M.S. The Russian General leaving his flat.
Long V. He stops to buy paper and carries on down street.
Long V. The General arriving at the Unemployment Exchange to collect his 18/-.
S.C.U. General signs books for his money.
C.U. Woman cashier.
C.U. She hands over his 18/-, he counts money.
S.C.U. He turns towards camera and walks towards doorway.
Long V.Pan General pushing his way through crowd, on leaving Unemployment Exchange-pan to backview.
G.V. General walking towards local store, he talks to dog.
Long V.Int. General enters store walks up to counter.
S.V. General talking to shop assistant.
S.V. She reaches for packet of goods on shelf.
S.V. She places packet on to counter, General points to something else.
C.U. Shop assistant packing groceries in t box.
S.V.Pan General pays bill, shop assistant hands him his groceries, he bids farewell and leaves shop.
L.V. General leaving store, and making for home.
G.V. General arriving at his flat.
S.V.Pan Int. General entering room, he removes his cap.
C.U. Picture of Lenin on wall.
C.U. Another picture of marching troops.
S.V. General seated at table, one of his students enters room he shakes hands and they both sit.
S.C.U. General showing his student pictures of himself as a Russian General.
C.U. The photo.
C.U. Student looking at photos.
L.V. General leaving flat, walking down street.
L.V. General enters Public house, camera pans to window reading Select bar.
S.V.Int. General walks up to bar and sits barman takes his order.
C.U. Barman drawing Guiness.
C.U. General takes glass of Guiness.
S.V. Ditto. drinking, looks towards camera.
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Background: The ex-Russian general who became a major in the German army-he fought on both sides during the war and has photographs and documents to prove it - is still fighting.....fighting for existence on 18/- (eighteen shillings) a week Irish national assistance.
In his one-room basement flat in Pearse Street, Dublin, Mikael Vassiliev looks back on his "turncoat in uniform"career.
"I have nothing to be ashamed off, he said. "I was neither a traitor to my country nor a collaborator with the enemy. I am merely a staunch anti-Communist".
The man who once spent so riotously the roubles and makes he earned as "top brass" in two opposing armies is now counting his Irish pennies.
In 1917 he escaped, when he was sentenced to death as a Czarist officer prisoner, and hid in a forest for almost two years..... until he was caught up in the Red Army general mobilisation. So he turned his coat for the first time.
"I had no choice but to join the army-the Red Army I detested as an anti-Communist.-under an assumed name", he said. His promotion was rapid.
With Hitler's rise to power thrent, Mikael was called up again in 1932 as a reserve major and within two years of quick-fire promotion became a three-star major-general in the Red Army.
His past caught up with him in the 1938 purge, he added. Three years later Mikael was released to fight the Germans. After the Germans captured him he was flown to Berlin on the orders of Field-Marshal Paulus. And so Mikael turned his coat for the second time in his military career.