After I submitted my resignation, I stopped virtually all communication with my ex-colleagues who I was friendly with. I did this to minimize potential pressure on them.
I directly informed some of them that my phone calls were being tapped and promised to tell them everything after the dust settles.
It was pretty curious to observe how different people behave in such a complicated and out-of-ordinary situation. Some people stopped any communication with me, some made seldom phone calls trying to ask questions, others suggested that we meet, but i said no in most cases.
All that was clear and predictable. But there was one thing that smote me under the fifth rib. When the man who I considered to be my friend, who I had a fellow feeling for, who I communicated not only regarding our job but in our private lifes, and who did not know what was exactly happening was asked about the reasons for my dismissal, he used to answear with disgust and disdain: "Yes, Dima's left, he liked nothing and did not agree anything. Everything had been wrong, he thought, and started tattling to management".
Alexey Maslov, if you didn't say that, or if your words and/or tone were different, call me, and I'll edit this entry.
Obviously, as I was well-known in the IT-department as well as outside, and my disappearance needed some explaining, people were instructed to answer questions concerning me with certain pre-approved words and phrases. That's why, when my friends were asked about me by their colleagues, they gave brief, neutral answers, to stop the person from inquiring any further.