Apparently Russia has been broken up and no longer exists. I was told this by a woman who works for paypal. Man have I been out of the loop.
Anyways, while trying to use paypal whilst in Russia, I continually get holds put on my account since I'm logging in from Russia. This is hassle, but I'm glad to know the security measures work. Yet when it happens I have to call paypal each time and get it straightened out.
Now this had happened earlier in the day and the first woman was brilliant and nice and made a note on my account and everything. So after the second time, I called back, was on hold for 25 minutes and got this other woman. She had me verify a few things and then the insanity began. Here's how the conversation went:
PP Lady: So you're in Russia. Where are you?
Me: I'm in Elista.
PP Lady: Okay, but what country?
PP Lady: Okay, but didn't they break Russia up not to long ago?
PP Lady: So you're in Russia then?
Me: Yes. I'm in Elista. It's in Russia.
So after that little number, where I somehow managed to hold my tongue and not offer up any smart-ass remarks, she proceeded to hit a a number of wrong things on her end, turning what should have been a 5 minute conversation into a 17 minute conversation. Ridiculous. But at least she was nice.
So, Dear Readers, goes the life in Russia...