Telegrams are a useful and reliable mechanism for communications. Note that the Russian communications system differentiates among telegraph, teletype, and telex. The Russian term "TELEGRAPH" refers to a telegraphic address using the city communications center, which delivers the telegram (comparable to sending a telegram via Western Union in the U.S.). The Russian term "TELETYPE" relates to the internal NIS (former Soviet Union) telecommunications system which connects directly to a terminal at an enterprise. The keyboard and printer can handle only Cyrillic type (or the "Cyrillic alphabet"). Finally the Russian term "TELEX" means the international telex telecommunications system directly to a terminal at an enterprise. The keyboard and printer are usually handle Latin characters. Some private information enterprises and most likely some city telecommunications centers offer a service of providing a manual interface between the Telex and Teletype or Telegraph systems. -- The Department of Commerce, Government of the U.S.