Interviewee ID: 990483
Parent's name: Tsegmid
Ovog: Baits Borjigon
Year of Birth: 1945
Notes on education:
Work: literature, research
Born in: Ugtaal tsaidam sum, Töv aimag
Lives in: Sühbaatar sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: low-level city government (see notes)
Father's profession: intellectual, bank finance
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Summary of Interview 091104B with Natsagdorj
Natsagdorj had done the work of preliminary recording of the TV program [it is unclear what this refers to] before airing it. Tsedenbal darga praised me for this work at the Central Committee meeting in 1976 saying, “Ts. Natsagdorj fulfills well the assignments given by the leaders. In other words, he is a skilled young intellectual who has carried out a revolution in television”. So he was appointed the sector chief in charge of state and public organizations in the Party Central Committee. That was an important position, higher than a minister in rank and authority. Jalnaajav darga had praised him more than once in the meetings of the Party Central Committee calling him one of the young people who would take over in the future. This coincided with the deterioration of Tsedenbal darga’s health. It was the time when the people like the chief of the personnel department of the Party Central Committee Lamjav and Bugiin Dejid of the Political Bureau were very afraid of skilled and capable people entering the government. [As they would present competition to the current members.] Natsagdorj had also repeatedly fallen out with Lamjav over the nation’s interest and in 1983 Jalnaajav guai was said to be the secret leader of an anti-party group and I was named as an accomplish accomplice. But, based on certain conditions, I avoided exile to Ömnögovi, and I remained in the city. We were the victims of the former system’s persecution, discrimination in the political settings and physical liquidation. In such a way many gifted and honest men of science had been harmed. I had even contemplated my own death. My everyday prayer is to leave my accumulated knowledge to the future generations.
In the winter of 1980 Natsagdorj checked into the rehabilitation department of the second hospital and checked out after some treatment. But twenty days later, his health deteriorated and he became covered with a rash. Many physicians examined him, but they couldn’t diagnose him accurately, and with a general diagnosis of pancreatic cancer he was sent to Moscow. He was given the latest medication and injections from the US and France and after having been treated for four months, went back to work. But then again his health deteriorated and he went to Hungary and there it was discovered that Natsagdorj had been exposed to a radioactive substance. They said the blood leucocytes and the erythrocytes were just about to break down. Through his acquaintances he got a Geiger counter from the nuclear physics laboratory and examined his office. He found a container with radioactive material in it under his chair. Who could enter my sealed room and do things in a comfort? Only very powerful people with long hands.