A man living in Stalinist Russia has found it difficult to believe that one day in the future, people will be made to wear small bits of cloth across their face when they pop to the shops.
Simonovitch Williamsava is a peasant living outside Zakamensk in the mid-1930s.
“Wearing a small cloth mask across your mouth when you visit the shops?” he exclaimed, visibly shocked as he boiled up some mud for his lunch.
“When you go to one of these – how you say – supermarkets? People will one day suffer such oppression? That is terrible.”
Mr Williamsava, who had recently lost his two daughters to a local gulag because they had giggled near a soldier, found it hard to believe.
“I cannot imagine such cruelty, such oppression, such tyranny as to be asked to wear a small cloth mask for a few minutes every day to protect other people from a fatal disease. It is a terrible thing to strip away someone’s humanity in such a way.
“I am certain that a brave few will rebel against such a tyranny, refuse to wear such dreadful things and it is they who, like the brave heroes of the August Uprising, will be remembered as the true men of courage of the time.”
Mr Williamsava then quickly ate his warm mud and headed off into the village square for the day’s show-trial and mass execution.