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Barbakova Lubov Pimenovna (74) and Balahonov Aleksei Alekseevich (87) met at the gerontological center “Vishenki” in Smolensk. This is one of the biggest homes for elderly people in Russia. Aleksei Alekseevich moved there because he did not want to be a burden for his brother. He also wanted to have an opportunity to communicate with the people of his age. He met Lubov Pimenovna in the center right after she had moved there, and a few months later they created a family and moved in together into a separate room. The supervisors of the center encourage marriages in the center and allow the newlyweds moving into separate rooms.



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