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February 12, 2022, 09:05


3rd “B” class of school No. 345. In the second row from the bottom – a girl with bows Lyubov Vasyutina. 1970 Main Archive of Moscow

In her memoirs, Lyubov Vasyutina spoke about her family’s move to Moscow in 1913 and about her Soviet childhood.

For several months now Main Archive of Moscow accepts memoirs of members of the citywide club “Line of Life”. 10 citizens have already handed over their memories for eternal storage. More than 100 people are writing memoirs. More than 400 Muscovites regularly attend club meetings.

The project appeared on the initiative of the participants of the club spaces “Moscow Longevity Centers” with the support of the Main Archive Department of the City of Moscow and the Moscow Department of Labor and Social Protection of Population.

“We launched the Line of Life online club not just to help older Muscovites find an interesting activity. One of the main goals of the memoirs club is to collect the memories of the townspeople, which will help us and our descendants to preserve not only the official, but also the so-called personal history of Moscow and the country. Of course, everyone knows the main Soviet events and dates, but at the same time, many things and words are leaving or have already left our everyday life. And club members can help not to forget them at all. With the consent of their owners, we are going to use all the memoirs that will be given to us for eternal storage for important city projects, as well as share the memories of the townspeople with our readers, ”said the head of the Main Archive Department of the city of Moscow

Yaroslav Onopenko.

Lyubov Vasyutina, a member of the Life Line memoirs club, handed over her memoirs for eternal storage to the Main Archive. She was born in Moscow in 1960, graduated from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, worked as an engineer for a long time, taught English at school, received additional education as a cynologist, and organized a Siberian Husky kennel. In Moscow Longevity, Lyubov Vasyutina is engaged in a literary workshop and a theater group.

The ancestors of Lyubov Vasyutina moved together to Moscow in 1913. “We arrived in Moscow at the beginning of June on our cart drawn by a pair of draft horses. We drove into the city from the side of the Peasant Outpost,” the memoirist writes about this. At that time, the Tagansky district was considered the outskirts, but it was already quite inhabited: around the Pokrovsky stauropegial monasteries for women and the Novospassky stauropegial monasteries, houses were densely packed. But next to the Spaso-Andronikov Monastery there was a quiet uninhabited area. It was here, between Rogozhsky Kamer-Kollezhsky Val Street (today Rogozhsky Val Street) and Kitai-Gorod, that Larion Milov, the ancestor of Lyubov Vasyutina, organized his business. He rented a piece of land at the corner of Voronya (today Sergiy Radonezhsky Street) and Andronievskaya streets, and by the beginning of 1914 a small inn appeared here. Many of those who came to work in the city spent the night here. Residents often asked the owner to bring and take something, and Larion Milov, having paid attention to this, took up private transportation. A garage was organized in the courtyard, cabs and carts were placed there for cargo, and those who had their own horses were hired as cab drivers. The case turned out to be successful.

But gradually cars and the subway appeared, and the Milovs’ buildings went to the city – the family was left with only a few rooms. In one of them, Lyubov Vasyutina spent her childhood – in house 4 on Tulinskaya Street (that was the name of Sergius of Radonezh Street from 1923 to 1992). The memoirist recalls that in the summer at the end of the quarter there was usually a barrel of kvass. Children were sent there with cans. Lyubov Vasyutina writes: “Aunty-saleswoman always washed mugs before each use, putting them upside down on an adjustable fountain on her tray. The fountain hit the bottom, and the water spread over the walls of the mug. Then she put the mug under the tap, turned the wooden lever.

Afterwards, the guys usually went for ice cream. A glass with a rose cost 19 kopecks, while Leningradskoe was sold for 22 kopecks. The children also went to the bakery on Rogozhskaya Zastava for pastries and walked in the square near the Andronikov Monastery. Lyubov Vasyutina recalls that they played musketeers or daughter-mothers, laying out dolls right on the porch of the central church, sometimes they went to the Andrey Rublev Central Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art, where they were allowed in for free.

In winter, Lyubov Vasyutina, being a girl, went with friends to ride on the monastery hill, which stretched straight from the fortress walls to the Yauza.

Classes of the online club “Line of Life” are held weekly. You can join them at any stage. To do this, just call the Moscow longevity center “Lomonosovsky” at a single number: +7 (495) 870-44-44. The responsible employee will answer questions and add the resident to a special chat in the WhatsApp messenger, where they post all the new information about club meetings. If a Muscovite does not have this application, they will receive an email with instructions on how to connect it and take part in meetings.

To give memoirs for eternal storage in the Main Archive of Moscow, you should also call: +7 (495) 870-44-44. Then, together with a specialist, choose the date, time and address of the center where you can transfer the materials. Now this can be done in the centers Lomonosovsky (Krupskaya street, building 9 a), Tagansky (Sergiy Radonezhsky street, building 6), Maryina Roshcha (Sushchevsky Val street, building 31, building 2) and Sokolniki ( Babaevskaya street, house 6).

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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