Back in the 1970s, two brothers, John, and Bob lived in America and were members of the communist party.
After much discussion, they decided to emigrate to the USSR and live among their communist comrades.
Even though they don't believe the American media's negative reports on the living conditions, shortages and persecution in the USSR, they decide to exercise caution.
First, only John would go to Russia to test the waters. If contrary to the media reports, the living conditions are good, and the reports about persecutions by the KGB false, then John will write a letter to Bob using black ink.
This color would signify that the letter is to be taken at face value and communism is as good as they hoped.
If, however, the situation in the USSR is bad and John afraid of writing the truth, he will use red ink, indicating that whatever he says in the letter must not be believed.
Three months later Bob receives a letter from John. It is written in black ink.
"Dear brother Bob! I'm so happy here! It's a beautiful country, I enjoy complete freedom and a very high standard of living. Everything the capitalist press writes in America is a bunch of lies. Everything is readily available! There is only one small thing of which there's a shortage: Red ink."
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