“Scientific Regiment”: MSHEU teachers shared memories of loved ones who participated in the Great Patriotic War

Moscow State Humanitarian and Economic University participates in the All-Russian action “Scientific Regiment”. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation has been implementing this project together with educational organizations since 2021. We continue to publish memoirs of teachers of our university about relatives who participated in the Great Patriotic War.
Evgeniya Vasilyevna Savoshikova, Associate Professor of the Department of Civil Law and Procedure, Candidate of Legal Sciences:
My grandfather, Nikolai Vasilyevich Osinochkin, was a participant in the Soviet–Finnish and Great Patriotic Wars, started with infantry (direct contact combat). He was one of the drivers of Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov. He spoke very little and rarely about military operations, and if he spoke, it was sparingly. He reached Berlin, where he met on May 9, and stayed there for a long time.
Grandpa told me about Berlin, about how they shared bread with Germans, children and women – then everyone was hungry. He told how once in Berlin they were cooking buckwheat in a bombed-out room in a field kitchen, and German children looked through the window with hungry eyes. The kitchen said: “Lift up the hems,” and, since there were no dishes, they poured buckwheat with butter directly into their clothes. The children left them joyful and happy: oil flowed down their legs, but warm and hearty buckwheat lay in the hem.
The most important thing is that my grandfather remained human and taught me to empathize with other people.
Alyona Alexandrovna Ustinovskaya, Associate Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication, Candidate of Philological Sciences:
My grandmother, Anastasia Alekseevna Blinova, lived in the Kaluga region and was the eldest child in the family. She went to the front at the age of 18. She was a nurse. She pulled the wounded from the battlefield. She served like that all through the war. After that, she worked in a maternity hospital.
Grandfather, Ivan Vasilyevich Blinov, was in the rear. He worked for the benefit of the front at the Tupolev plant. Corrected the date of birth to get into the service. After the war, he stayed there to work until retirement.