Gennadiy N. Lepeshkin: I arrived in Stepnogorsk in 1984. I was 37 years old. Now... '46... 38 years old... 37 years old, yes I was coming up on 38.
Interviewer: Were you ordered to go there or did you decide yourself that you would go there?
Lepeshkin: No, I was given... I was offered a job, and I accepted it and went there to work.
Interviewer: And how did you feel at the time about working with biological weapons?
Lepeshkin: My feelings about working with biological weapons were positive, because I had worked in that domain before. But... we shouldn't call it biological weapons--it's biological weapons development and protection against them.
The main area was pro... the development of protection methods. That was the area I was working in.
Interviewer: And what did you think of your work at that time?
Lepeshkin: I liked the work, I felt that it was very important and promising. And very necessary.
Interviewer: And dangerous?
Lepeshkin: Yes, it's quite dangerous, but the danger can be dealt with, and I liked the work very much.