A question many of us probably asked themselves: Gaby is from East Berlin, so why doesn’t she already speak Russian? This is actually a good question, if you are not satisfied with “Well, the writers were lazy and wanted to push the idea of Gallya”, so let’s take a closer look.
In East German schools learning Russian was mandatory, starting 1951 when Gaby was 12/13 years old. Pursuing a carreer as a mechanic in Germany you usually finish school with 15 or 16, which would give her at least 2 years of learning Russsian in school. Gaby seems pretty good with languages since she speaks English fluently although it’s unlikely that she speaks it in her everyday life, so 2 years should be enough for at least the basics.
Another detail in her dossier suggests her staying even longer in school. If she trained at the Berlin Ballet School and was the first soloist, it is likely that she went to some kind of sports academy/special school, which were a huge thing in East Germany. That would mean she graduated with 19, which leaves her with about 6 years of mandatory Russian at school. So again, why doesn’t she already speak Russian? Russian was way more important than English in East Germany, so her just forgetting how to speak it due to disuse is highly unlikely.
The actual answer to that might be very simple: She refused to learn it from the start.
The relationship between Russians and Germans were shaky at best after the war and growing up in that time and staying neutral is very difficult. I’m not saying that Gaby is a nazi, hell no, but shaking off an ideology you grew up with, especially when your family seems to support it (Rudi, her father being a high-ranking scientist under Hitler) and you experience the Battle of Berlin and its horrible aftermath first hand. So Gaby, who was a) still a teenager and b) as headstrong as we got to know her, refused to lean Russian and stuck to it. How does that fit into the movie?
Being a ballet first soloist in a city like Berlin doesn’t come over night, so Gaby probably was a very promissing dancer from young age. Her teachers may have cut her some slack because of that, letting her pass with a 4 (which is like a D in the USA) in Russian to keep her at the school. But since East Germany was Russian territory and Russia was (and still is) pretty invested in ballet, sooner or later not speaking Russian and having actively refused to learn it was probably career-suicide.
This might as well be the reason why she works at the garage instead of at the ballet when Napoleon finds her. Dancing careers are usually short, but she seems already well established at the garage at the age of 26, which suggests an even earlier end to her professional dancing.
tl;dr Gaby simply refused to learn Russian at school although she should have, becoming a persona non grata in the dancing world and ending up in the garage, where she meets Napoleon.
Oh to be a beautiful German car mechanic who is also a secret british spy caught in a international arms race with a suave american agent with great one liners and an angry, belligerent Russian who softens and falls for me, his fake fiancee, as we save the world
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“How is it that just after the Cuban Missile Crisis a Russian and an American have to team up? We thought it would be interesting to tell that story.”
So no triangular UNCLE ID badges? No nifty communicator pens? “I do quite like some of the communicator pens,” Ritchie grins. “So some of the technology was important. You think, ‘Oh, I’ll take that and leave that, that’ll work and that won’t work…’ Obviously we left a lot of stuff behind. We did have UNCLE HQ written in at one point. We went quite large on the HQ. It just didn’t feel like it was part of the movie. I’m glad we didn’t. It felt like it was another ending, stuck on the ending.”
“And we wanted to do the origin story,” adds Wigram. “We wanted to do the birth of UNCLE. If we do a sequel maybe there will be triangular badges!”