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Nicolai Levashov. The Mirror of My Soul. Vol. 1. Born in the USSR

                Such  an  ordeal  is  incredibly  hard  for  anyone,  even  the  strongest,  to  endure;

           however, many of them did not become embittered, despite the good reasons they had
           for it.
                It is a pity that everything that happened with my family and with many others who
           belonged  to  the  former  aristocracy,  will  remain  in  secrecy  forever.  There  is  almost
           nobody left who would tell their descendants about those times. There were millions of
           destroyed souls and broken lives whose only guilt was that they were born into a certain
           social level that someone just hated. Most of these people could be called the flowers of
           their nation that burgeoned within their nation for many thou-sands of years.

                My grandfather, Vladimir Georgievich Levashov, was in the bloom of his youth
           (he was born in 1890) when the revolution broke out. He was stripped of everything and
           was “carried off” to Siberia, along with almost all representatives of the aristocracy,
           nobility and other “parasitic” classes, who somehow had escaped being shot on the spot.

                However, unlike the most oppressed members of the first wave who appeared in
           Siberia, my grandfather along with his wife and daughter, (who was born in Siberian
           exile in 1930), managed to resettle in Kazakhstan, and later moved on to the Northern
           Caucasus and Kislovodsk. Here he found a dwelling on the outskirts of this remarkable
           city, where my father, Victor Vladimirovich Levashov, was born in 1938 in a little one-
           room semi-basement apartment with all the “facilities” out-side.

                Neither my  grandfather,  nor  my  grandmother  from  the  paternal  side,  Babanina
           Marfa Iosifovna, who died in 1988 at the age of 86, ever revealed their past even on their
           deathbed—who they were or what had happened to them. Even in 1988 my grandmother
           was afraid that this information could cause harm to her children and grandchildren.

                I can only imagine what they had to go through. It is quite likely that only because
           they were able to keep silent, the birth of my father became possible and, as a result, the
           appearance  of  myself,  my  elder  brother  and  my  younger  sister.  The  only  thing  my
           grandfather ever told my mother was that they were aristocrats from a very rich family,
           knowing perfectly well that this information would never reach the ears of strangers. I
           succeeded in finding some information about my ancestors with the help of my friends,
           when I lived in the USA.

                                                         * * *
                My mother, Valentina Petrovna Levashova (maiden name  Andryushechko) was

           born in 1938 on a small farm in Vesioliy, Rostov region, which was almost hidden in
           the Salskie steppes. Her father, of Siberian origin, was a skilled military man, also from
           the ranks of “the former”.

                In 1941 he, or rather, his experience and knowledge of several foreign languages
           were  commandeered  by  the  Motherland.  In  this  role  he  performed  special  tasks,  so
           confidential that my mother’s brother-in-law was unable to find out anything from him,
           despite the fact that he was colonel of the rocket troops and worked in the U.S.S.R.
           Ministry of Defense.

                The extremely high confidentiality level of his work is reflected in the fact, that my

           maternal  grandmother,  Anna  Sergeevna  Andryushechko  (maiden  name  Ishenko)
           inherited  his  personal  pension  of  200  rubles.  By  comparison,  her  brother’s  widow
           received a pension of 3 rubles. Her other

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