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Lev: Ex-Auto Engineer

Lev: Ex-Auto Engineer

MOSCOW: Lev, 61, owns a lot of things. So many in fact, he has filled an old factory in Moscow with them.

There are computers from the 1980s, TVs from the 1950s, mobile phones from the 1990s among other things.

He says he ‘’loves everything,’’ but when I asked to photograph him with one thing, he showed me this blue toy car Gaz 12.

He said it reminded him of his childhood as he had the same model only in white. Then he told me a story.

When he was 3, he was ill and needed to get 3 shots a day for two weeks. ‘’I was afraid and hid,’’ he said. ‘’My parents bought me this car so I wouldn’t fear any more.’’

Maybe that toy car influenced him…twenty years later, he was working as an engineer at an auto plant. Later, he would run the auto plants museum for 15 years.

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