Bodaibo is located on the right bank of the Vitim river, 1200km away from the region's center. Since the middle of the 19th
century and till today life in those parts exists only thanks to the gold. Bodaibo is a town of newcomers. Fresh blood comes from the region's center and towns around. That's how the exchange and mutual replenishment
(both permanent and seasonal) of two towns happen.
Miners were the first ones to come to the staging ground on the way to gold bearing mines, followed by people from all corners of our country. They were attracted by the romantic appeal of the North, by the euphoria of nationwide socialist construction, and by the workplaces of course. With the development of the industry, there grew a demand for an inflow of skilled staff. Thus the best engineers, draughtsmen, mechanics, and geologists came to Bodaibo. The majority of them were to leave after Perestroika.
In the middle of the century the town developed and grew quickly. Experienced specialists and graduates of Irkutsk universities came to Bodaibo on assignment. High school students from Bodaibo moved to Irkutsk for further study, started families, moved with them to the North or settled in the regional center. In the course of the years that passed from «the golden century» that exchange changed in essence. The major flow of the newcomers to Bodaibo still consists of miners. People come to work in big and small ventures, stay for the season, leave, and return again. And all Bodaibo people that moved to Irkutsk in the 90s and the 2000s come back just to visit relatives or to sell at a cheap rate the house in the town of their youth.
A few people that I had a chance to talk to lived or came to Bodaibo at different times. Now they live in Irkutsk. We talked about their life in the North, why and under what circumstances they moved to Irkutsk and how they live now. The characters are relatives but they belong to different generations of three families. They come from three generations of different families.