of the Gulag
That’s when we started living
“Two years later we had 70kg of wheat. For the whole year. In those days we were paid 10 kopecks for a day’s work.
When I became a tractor mechanic, and then a combine harvester driver, we started to earn eight, ten centners of wheat. One tonne, then one and a half tonnes. So we were able to have livestock, pigs, cows, and geese. We had our own mill and we could mill our flour. That’s when we started living.”