I'm very happy to be here! My name is Elena Shuvalova. I represent The Official Russian Elvis Presley Fan Club. Our Fan Club was founded in 1990 in Moscow, Russia. But our Fan club orginally started in 1981 in USSR (then).
We work very hard to promote Elvis, his music and his movies in Russia. This work cost us the big material and moral expenses: money, sleep, leisure time, nerves because Elvis not so popular in Russia like in other countries. And this is not an easy job because Elvis music was under the complete ban in the USSR, his records were not published, songs didn't sound, even Elvis photograph couldn't be found anywhere. To listen Elvis songs was nevertheless, that to commit crime. Elvis was underground and his records were sold from the hands between the collectors, under the fear to fall into the prison. These were special "records", such wasn't nowhere more in the world - records "on the edges" (songs were recorded underground in the X-ray photographs). And people listened it at home, under the ban, but they felt happy, because this was the only way to listen Elvis music.
Russian people knows the Elvis music very badly, Elvis couldn't be opened into Russia because of the long existed "Iron Curtain" and the totalitarian regime.
But nevertheless, there are now in Russia many young people, which greatly loves Elvis.
We would like to associate with Elvis fans in other countries. We would like to correspond with other fans around the world.
Always for Elvis,