In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 14: Reflections on Education

School Education I have almost no desire to enumerate all the school misfortunes that fall on students at these venerable institutions. The Soviet…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 13: Did I Hit My Children?

Yes. But, by and large, I do not think this counts as flogging. Daughter I hit my daughter four times. The first time was when she was six years old.…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 12: Why Did I Join the Military?

She Beats You Because She Loves You People around us knew that my mother regularly, almost every day, beat me or my brother, and more often both of…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 11: Basketball

I have always loved sports. As a preschooler, I ran with my small friends in hole-hole, in the ninth grade I began to seriously engage in basketball,…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 10: Drama Studio

Young Voices I got into the literary circle “Young Voices” thanks to Genka Pantyukhov, my classmate and the son of a physics teacher. We were fond of…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 9: School Again, Part 2

Chemistry Lesson One Our classroom was at the end of the corridor opposite the gym door. Schoolchildren freed from physical education were required…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 9: School Again, Part 1

Having moved to a new place of residence, my parents transferred me to a new school. Rather, my mother transferred me. Although not far from us was a…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 8: Old Colony, Part 5

Burnt Summer was over. Autumn had come, and study had come. The beginning of classes was marked by a tragic death: one of the younger students of our…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 8: Old Colony, Part 3

Antenna for Borsch Antenna At the end of June, my parents were honored to buy a radio. The device was one of the cheapest, and therefore was one of…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 8: Old Colony, Part 2

Forty Trampled Attempts to give me a nickname resumed in third grade. Probably everything grows in childhood. I was no exception. Along with the…