The history of Minsk between WWI and WWII

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The history of Minsk between WWI and WWII

Unfortunately, there is not enough information about interwar Minsk. We can learn about the period of the 1920s-1940s with the help of several documents. For example, Sergey Pisetsky, a Polish writer who was a spy, made a very interesting and accurate description of interwar Minsk. Minsk became the center of belligerent Europe.

Initially destroyed by war, Minsk was lawless. Goods were in short supply in stores. Markets were empty, too. A kilo of salt was sold for a kilo of sugar and butter. A monthly salary of a working man was not enough to pay for a meal.

Smugglers, who crossed the Polish-Soviet border and brought interesting products, were the key figures of that time.

Being a border town, Rakov became the capital of smugglers. They brought scarce goods, which cost a lot of money, including flowers, alcohol, tobacco, tobacco pipes and medals.

Ales Baran and Yas Nyatsevich loved to rob Jews. As result, they could sell nice suits, gold coins and rings, badges, various master keys and keys, watches, silverware and even currency.

New residents gradually came to the socialist Minsk. In order to accommodate a large number of arriving workers, many houses were built.

Accommodation prices were high. For example, a worker, whose monthly salary was less than 20 rubles, paid 5.5 kopecks per square meter. The average monthly salary was 50 rubles, a worker paid 18 kopecks per square meter of his room.