Interviewee ID: 990190
Parent's name: Töödii
Year of Birth: 1935
Notes on education:
Born in: [None Given] sum, Selenge aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: teacher
Father's profession: head of sewing artel
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Summary of Interview 090502A with Bavaasan
Bavaasan guai was born in 1953 in Yeröö sum of Selenge aimag and while he was still a child their family moved to Altanbulag sum. His father was a school teacher and headmaster of the Altanbulag school.
He studied first grade in Hentii and during war-time things were rare. They used to study in a felt ger and the children wrote with pencils. They were taught Cyrillic and it wasn’t allowed to switch on the lights. The children weren’t allowed to go anywhere else. The goods were obtained by coupons. The people patrolled at night times in a shift, and since they had moved from a mountainous area, initially it was very tough to get used to.
There used to be kindergartens and nurseries in Selenge, and since there were many Russians there the place was cultured from a long time ago. The school teachers educated the children in a strict way to, and the parents didn’t justify the actions of their children.
Having completed the tenth grade Bavaasan guai attended the railway training course and he worked over 40 years in his vocation and then retired.
It was a good thing to work with the Russian soldiers first for he knew the language, but in just one night the soldiers had left and many Chinese came. When becoming employed, the appointment and the work order were issued from the work administration and the promotion and demotion issues were decided very quickly.
The dargas of that time didn’t scold much. They had requirements and they were close to their workers and they respected the seniors. The people had many friendly relations with the Russians and even today he has the friends with whom he still communicates. There were many educated and qualified teachers in the schools and they strove to teach.
With the coming of democracy the Russian soldiers returned home and due to lack of flats in Russia at that time they used to live in tents. Democracy made the young people excited and the young people of the present day talk of money only, which he dislikes. There are good things in democracy but it also leads to bad things. A man named Da. Ganbold messed up the railway organization.
The democrats have distributed everything to their relatives through the privatization and they have misappropriated them. The railway has hardly been left after the privatization.