Anatoly Smilingis The Smilingis family. His parents, Anatoly and his sister Rita. Plungė, 1940
Anatoly Smilingis Children of special settlers, Kortkeros orphanhood. 1940s-1950s
Anatoly Smilingis Plank road (лежнёвкa) to Sobino, 1940s.
Anatolij Smilingis Timber rafting, 1959
Anatoly Smilingis Timber rafting, 1959
Anatoly Smilingis Anatoly Smilingis with a tame bird of prey, 1952
Anatoly Smilingis Anatoly Smilingis on expedition, 1960s
Anatoly Smilingis Young people from the Belka tourism club run by Smilingis, 1970s
Anatoly Smilingis Commemorative plaque on a cross erected by former deportees, cemetery of special settler village “Second section”, Kortkeros
Exile with no return
Anatoly could go and live in Lithuania; he has not only a passport but also a flat he was given as compensation for his treatment. But something keeps him in Kortkeros: his wife, no doubt, and also his love of the forest, which he knows by heart after hiking across it with the boys of the Belka sports club. Anatoly says he feels useful here, he is integrated and wants to continue his research into the history of the purges and the remains of mass burial sites in the region.