The clip below is a great Jim Bovard tale about traveling in the 1980s behind the Iron Curtain.
The deeper into the story the more fun it gets.
The one important takeaway from the tale is that, when dealing with government officials in a totalitarian state, it is important that you make everything appear as innocuous as possible and when possible pass off anything that could be trouble as someone else's responsibility who is not present.
Bovard was just passing through but people behind the Iron Curtain had to live in this condition of having to tell minor lies and misdirect on a daily basis. It is a horrific way to live.