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Boris survived the war, but his life was never easy. His father having been killed at the front, his mother remarried to an angry alcoholic who beat her and her son in drunken rages. Boris remade himself as an Iron Man, a tough, wiry ball of energy and purpose. He honed this identity by joining the Red Army and becoming a paratrooper. Later, he practiced yoga daily and began his mornings by dumping a bucket of frigid water over his body, even in the dead of the Ukranian winter.