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'I went to a Soviet holiday camp'

13 August 2014 Last updated at 00:23 BST

Artek was the Soviet Union's most popular holiday camp, on the shores of the Black Sea in Crimea.

The brightest children were sent to the camp as a reward for their achievements.

Thousands of children visited every year - Maria Kim Espeland was one of those chosen to go.

Witness is a World Service radio programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.