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Every hour of his day in the office was recorded. That allowed me to develop Country Email List my work, especially since those records were also published in Australia, and when I Country Email List started working on the subject,ussr . Let me ask you about your own history as a researcher. What was it like working in the Soviet archives? It was difficult. It was especially so Country Email List in the 60s and 70s because they didn't deliver catalogs or guides. They did not say what material they had. They didn't publish it either. So you had to talk to an archives clerk and say.