Sociology in my life and times
I was born on August 26, 1937, in Kirov, a regional capital that was also a small scientific and cultural center. There were two higher educational institutions: Kirov State Teacher's Training Institute and Kirov Agricultural Institute. After graduating from the gymnasium, I chose to enter the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the State Teacher's Training Institute. The choice of the career of a teacher was largely determined by the fact that both my parents and my sister had been teachers. At the Training Institute I took an active part in public life and organized cultural activities among the students.