about an explosion of selfishness and
greed (see Ditchev 2011: 196-206).
On the level of the neighborhood, the cooperative way of construction encour-
aged social mixing, because of the diverse competencies required to build a house
in a shortageeconomy.4 By comparison, the apartments in the high-rise complexes
were most often given to people from a similar milieu, if not from one single pro-
Let me illustrate this point with Losenez.The cooperative building constructed
by my parents in 1955–57 had the following the social composition: my father was
accompanying retirement: even though academy members’ pen-
sions were relatively high, there were many things in the shortageeconomy of
the USSR that money could not buy, at least not legally.
The memorandum, Fedoseev further informed, also contained provisions that
concerned the recruitment of graduates, postgraduate students and trainees. In
contrast to what Marčuk’s reformer team originally proposed, no uniform quota
was mentioned anymore: 5 percent was described as an “approximate” figure
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