The settlements on the reclaimed land lacked communication lines and these had to be laid down by the returning people – self-restoration presupposed not only the capture and defence of land, but also construction of houses and communication lines with almost no available funds, as savings lost their value rapidly after the fall of the Soviet Union. This construction was possible literally because of a tradition of mutual care - “talaka”. This care allows to create infrastructure today, as is the case with the family of the political prisoner Medzhit Abdurakhmanov. Activists have helped the family to complete the construction of their house so that they would not be forced to keep living in a trailer due to losing their breadwinner.
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