Interviewee ID: 990036
Parent's name: Innokentii
Year of Birth: 1927
Notes on education:
Born in: Altanbulag sum, Selenge aimag
Lives in: Sühbaatar sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: Farmer
Father's profession: farmer
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Summary of Interview 080610A with Brilev
Innokentii was born in 1927 in Mongolia. Both his parents were from Russia: his mother was Russian and his father half Russian-half Buryat. Innokentii was the oldest of eight children in his family. He went to elementary school in Altanbulag, and then resumed his studies in secondary school in Hiyagt. After finishing the 7th grade he came to Ulaanbaatar to study in a technical college, from which he graduated as a plumber. In March 1944, at the age of eighteen he joined the Soviet Red Army and fought in World War Two. He was demobilized from the army in 1951 and returned to Ulaanbaatar to work as a driver in the garage of the government of Mongolia. While working there he attended a course at the Ministry of Transport, which he finished with a qualification of a mechanic. Afterwards he worked as a driver in the Russian Embassy in Ulaanbaatar. After his retirement in 1987, Innokentii worked as a taxi driver until 1995.
During his career as a driver Innokentii not only worked for many Mongolian ministers and politburo members but also travelled to all the eighteen aimags. He tells stories about his work, whom he worked for, what he saw in the country-side. His account of his army years is also interesting. Innokentii remembers socialism as a good time.
After returning from the army, in 1963 Innokentii married a Russian woman who was also born in Mongolia. They have two sons: one lives in Russia, and the other in Bulgaria. Innokentii’s remaining three sisters all live in Russia. He himself is citizen of Russia, but has an indefinite leave to remain in Mongolia.