A different kind of progress -- digging in the "Ershov archive" (credit for this find goes to avivanov76) produced a 1982 document re: Apple II hardware purchase for Soviet Academy of Sciences: http://ershov-arc.iis.nsk.su/archive/eaindex.asp?did=7448&lang=2

It's not all just for work, btw -- Apple Stellar Invaders, Apple Trek/Star Wars, Apple Bowl, Sargon II, Checkers are on the wish list smile