D4 – Sept 4 – Dissidence in Nijni

The road was long before Russians had a chance to taste a Big Mac.

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Though, I’m not sure that’s what Andrei Sakharov had in mind in 1980 when he was ejected from Moscow and house arrested in Nijni – At the time called Gorki.

Finding our way to his place has been, again, a run.
Step 1 – FInding the right bus ( a piece of cake for us after our 4-days experience of Russia).
Step 2 – Finding the right stop. But we got helped by a young guy who looked under ecstasy. He stopped with us.
ImageStep 3 – Once we stop, where should we go ? A charming native points out a group of buildings. And she says: “Follow the red building”.
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Step 4 – It looks like a red building, isn’t it ? But where is the F****** entrance ?
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Step 5 – We find a clue. A commemoration plaque. Let’s turn the corner…
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Step 6 – Here we are ! Alleluia, it looks like an entrance. But where is the ring ?
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Step 7 – A neighbor opens the door. Uff. The museum’ entrance is on the next left. A woman opens the door. It looks like she lives here. We will be the only visitors of Andrei’s house… An amazing place.

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This phone was given to Andrei S. in 1986. A couple of days later, Mikhaïl Gorbatchev was calling him to announce his liberation.

 

2 thoughts on “D4 – Sept 4 – Dissidence in Nijni

  1. I like the most the phone picture as my Mom had it in her kitchen still couple of years ago … though Gorbaczow never called us! As a child brought up in communism I can say that this kind of apartment design was a benchmark for many of our parents who just did not have much choice …

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