The article is devoted to the study of discursive identity based on autobiographical texts written by Uralmashzavod employees in the 1970s. In her methodology the author draws on Michael Foucault’s theory of discourse and Paul Ricoeur’s idea of the bilateral nature of narrative identity. In an autobiographical discourse, identity practices construct the normative subjective position of official Soviet discourse. The practices of the self are considered in the aspect of confession and frankness. It is concluded that the subjective position in the discourse is simultaneously supported by the practices of identity, and shaken by the practices of the self.