AR At the beginning of this interview Elena you said that your father’s childhood was extremely hard. Do you think his ability to function in such extremely dangerous and difficult situations can be attributed to his ability to survive and overcome those early deprivations?
EG Yes, it seems to me that must have shaped him. Smolensk, the region he grew up in, is the poorest region of our country and life there was always very difficult. It’s the westernmost region of Russia, and all the battles, all the invasions came from the west through that field of Smolensk . That’s why the history of the region is very rich but also very dark. But it wasn’t only that: he was a curious and interested individual. He loved reading, he had a very good memory, and he spent 20 hours a day working throughout his adult life. This wasn’t because of his impoverished childhood. He was just interested in everything.Русский перевод (без ролика)