In the years following WW II, gulag youth Valerka and his prostitute mother try to make the best of what little life has to offer them. They can expect no solace from the provisional government, which seems more concerned in promoting Stalinism than in the well-being of the citizenry.
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"once they took a guy out to be shot. they stood him against the wall and aimed. he tore open his shirt and there was stalin on his chect. they made him turn around and he had lenin on his back. and that was it. they didn´t shoot him."