Ivan Snitko is a former milicyja member from the city of Lida. He was struggling for the
order in his native city and has apprehended offenders during 19 years. When pension-time
came it turned out that people, whom Mr. Snitko used to arrest now have the pension and he,
milicyja member, does not. “Some of those whom I detained during milicyja service now say me
when we meet each other: ‘So what, Mikalajevich
A patronymic name used alone as a familiar form of addressing among aged people does the state take care of you? We receive some money to have bread, and you do not receive a damn’”, — Snitko is sad.
Cash-strapped old age has catched up Viktoryja Piatrouna from Minsk oblastTranslator’s note: region. The woman has nursed people who needed her help during seven years, but at her late years the state has left her without pension. Now her husband and good people help her. Someone brings potatoes, someone apples. Natallia Tapchyjeva from Barysau and many other people live with grudge against the state. “Imena” tell the stories of Belarusians who are left with no pensions in old age.