Stories

Dmitry

Dmitry

My name is Dmitry. When I was very young, I was dropped off at the orphanage for children with special needs in Komsomolsk. I don’t remember anything about my life before Komsomolsk. If you heard me speak today, even if you don’t understand Russian, you...
Mikhail

Mikhail

I remember Mikhail as a 10-year-old boy at the Mstyora Orphanage. My impressions of “little” Mikhail were that he was energetic and athletic—as well as a bit of a troublemaker!Today Mikhail runs his own business in the construction industry and is do...
Natalia

Natalia

My name is Natalia. As a small child, I lived with my mother and four siblings in the Kolchugino District. I never knew my father. When I was 6, my mother found work at a farm near Pokrov. Housing was provided, and we all moved there. By 1992, economic...
Tatiana

Tatiana

Tatiana is a former Lukhtanova Orphanage resident who has severe mental and social limitations. As a child in the orphanage, she easily took offense at any confusing look or talk and quickly ran away. When she first started visiting the dacha, she was...
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