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"We work together on my command!"
Mysyrjan reported about the Koffmann-Pallix-Expedition in 1992, but his report differs substantially from that which Koffmann later reported. He reported that no RSC field work had been undertaken in the Caucasus in the last two years. We were able to understand this in view of the economic and political situation in Russia. An improvement was not expected in the near future and doubt and pessimism were widespread among the people. Back in Germany that Autumn, we discussed the possibility of supporting the Russian Society of Cryptozoologists because we regretted that the interesting research, about which we had read a lot, was not being carried out.
In the Winter of 1994, a member of our group called Koffmann in Paris to inform her about the results of our work and plans. She seemed astonished and said, "One cannot talk about all that on the telephone". Unexpectedly, she invited us to Paris for a private talk. In March 1995 two of us, Hans-M. Beyer and Karl C. Beyer, visited her in her Paris flat. For part of the long talk, which was carried out in Russian, Michel Raynal was present, having been invited by Koffmann. He is author of the Institut Virtuel de Cryptozoologie ( http://perso.wanadoo.fr/cryptozoo/ ), among others he is a member of the belgian cryptozoological society A.B.E.P.A.R. and author of various cryptozoological articles. The Germans reported on the results of their work and talked about their plans. Koffmann described the dramatically worsened situation in Russia and the Caucasus, commenting on the risks of working in the region. At the same time she complained about the catastrophic financial situation of the RSC which had led to the halt in the field research. In the presence of Michel Raynal, a paper about the proposed founding of a German cryptozoological society, which intended to support the Russian cryptozoologists was given to Koffmann. This paper had been sent to various people interested in cryptozoology in Germany and this had led to further contacts with others especially interested in unknown primates. There were no further agreements made with Koffmann. Some time later we sent her some information material about expedition equipment which she had wanted.
In 1995, two members of our group was in the Caucasus and some others in other parts of Russia. Back in Germany in the Autumn came a surprise: A telegram from Koffmann in Moscow dated 9th of June 1995. She stated, without any comments, where and when she would be in the Caucasus during the Summer. This was a surprise, because we had made no arrangements in Paris either to meet or to work together in the field. In response to this telegram, Karl C. Beyer telephoned Paris and were again invited to go there.
Early in 1996 the Beyers went to Paris again and reported on the experiences in Russia. Koffmann talked about her bad financial situation and that of her Russian colleagues. In 1993, her living and working quarters in the Caucasus had been devastated. She also talked about the problems with her 30 year-old Russian off-road vehicle 'Gasik', which had always been a handicap for her work. We knew that already, because Muaed Mysyrjan had said "her car is the problem of the century...". Because of this, Koffmann intended to buy another car in Paris, but, as she had already mentioned, this was not easy because her pension was so small and life in Paris so expensive. In response to this, the Beyers offered to give the RSC one of our group's vehicles, a Lada Niva, together with spareparts and other equipment, to help them in their work, as we had previously announced. The car was already in the Caucasus and Koffmann agreed to accept it.
It was agreed that we could also use the car if we needed it, after it became the property of the RSC, and therefore the Russians should give the Germans a Power of Attorney. She was in agreement and said that this type of car was suitable for her. A meeting in the Caucasus for Summer 1996 was arranged to complete the necessary formalities.The talks in Paris were spread over two days because Koffmann offered to put up the Beyers in her flat. At the end of the meeting she said suddenly "We will work together on my command!". At the same time she asked that no-one was informed about this co-operation. Today, the SGP does not feel it is bound by this agreement. A member of our group, Hans-M. Beyer, a member of the International Society of Cryptozoology, made soon the experience of working on the command of the president of the RSC. Here is a transcription from a tape recoding of his verbal report given at the first meeting of our group in Autumn 1996.
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