Friday, May 17, 2019
Earlier this year, two minutes of the long-lost videos went viral when a staffer at Chittenden County's Channel 17 posted a compilation of the station's archives online. They featured a shirtless Sanders and other Americans singing "This Land Is Your Land" to their hosts after relaxing in a sauna. A few minutes later, Sanders doled out the gifts to his Russian friends with a towel wrapped around his waist.
But that's only the beginning. The hours of footage include a scene of Sanders sitting with his delegation at a table under a portrait of Vladimir Lenin. Sanders can also be heard extolling the virtues of Soviet life and culture, even as he also acknowledges some of its shortcomings. There are flashes of humor, too, such as his host warning the American guests not to cross the KGB, or else.
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