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On the day of the anniversary, with wishes of health, flowers and gifts to Faina Ivanovna in the morning came to replace the head of SIZO-1 Igor Yerasov and representatives of the veteran organization of the institution. In her venerable years, she remains cheerful in spirit, warmly welcomes guests and willingly shares her memories.

Faina Ivanovna Lapteva was finishing the seventh grade when a message came to the village that the war had begun. She remembers how everyone was bustling about, running around … And then the village of Baranovskaya, Krasnoborsk district, was empty – men left each house for the front. From their family, the first to go to fight was the uncle, and then the father, who was the chairman of the collective farm.

To help mother and grandmother, it was necessary to work, and the young girl began to work in the office as an accountant, and then as a postman.

To receive correspondence, one had to walk five kilometers. In the bitter frost, in the slush, in the heat – every morning Faina set off, because she was eagerly awaited in every house.

– I was not afraid of anything, I walked through the forest, but we have a wilderness, and the wolves could meet. But she walked and did not think about the bad, and then back – with a huge bag, because of which I was almost invisible, – Faina Ivanovna recalls those distant years.

After the war, she married almost immediately, and in 1946 moved with her husband to Arkhangelsk. They began to settle down here, and a job was found.

In 1964, Faina Ivanovna came to serve in the remand prison No. 1 on Popova Street. The village girl had heard about the prison and, based on what she knew, she had nothing to do there. However, before retirement she worked as a controller in a pre-trial detention center and never regretted it. Senior comrades helped to understand the essence of the work, and the prison turned out to be not at all what it seemed at first.

“My mentors not only helped me master the profession, they taught me humanity and the ability to understand people, no matter which side of the fence they would be,” notes Faina Ivanovna.

Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Arkhangelsk Region

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