Twenty-six years ago Captain 1st Rank Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius, commanding officer of the ballistic missile submarine Krasnoye Oktyabrskaya, posted a letter to the head of Main Political Administration (MPA) of the Soviet Navy. Novelist Tom Clancy introduced the letter in his classic The Hunt for Red October, published in late 1984.
In his novel Clancy tells how, immediately after the Red October sails from her base on the Kola Peninsula, Admiral Yuri I. Padorin, head of the MPA in Moscow, opening his morning mail, sees an envelope from the submarine. He begins reading the letter from his protégé
Ramius. Clancy writes:
What? Padorin stopped reading and started over. He forgot the cigarette smoldering in his ashtray as he reached the bottom of the first page. A joke. Ramius was known for his jokes-but he'd pay for this one. . . . He turned the page.
"This is no joke, Uncle Yuri-Marko."
But Clancy never gives the reader the full letter from Ramius in The Hunt for Red October, just its opening and closing lines.