Zapolye is a small village near Torzhok. It’s located about three hundred km from Moscow.  I and four generations of my family was born and grew up here. During my childhood, the village was at its decline as there were drastic changes happening in the country. Everything that was left from previous collective farms was falling apart: dairy factory and farm closed, lack of repairs led old machinery to gradually become deteriorated. People had received no salary for many months in a row, so they took away from collective farms anything they could to survive.My generation became the last one to grow up in Zapolye.
 Everything that happens in the village now is the consequences of the  internal colonization. Since the 18th century serfdom has been legalized in Russia, which used the resources of the lands around Moscow and St. Petersburg, and then the remote colonies in Siberia also. However, the largest damage to these territories and the people living there was caused by Soviet collectivization. Compulsory unification of farms into collective farms and repressive politics of those years turned out to be a collective trauma, which echoes up to these days.
 With the collapse of the Soviet system, the internal colonial regime also finally collapsed, because from the late 1960s the main resource for the «metropolis» was not agricultural products, but natural resources. For a long period of internal colonization, a significant difference appeared between the center and the periphery. The culture of the «metropolis» has become dominant, finally establishing a hierarchy in which the «non-metropolitan» would be perceived as something shameful. Moving to a big city, a person is forced to change his daily practices, language and identity in order to avoid discrimination.


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