“I was eleven when I received my first pay check working at a reduction plant. I was an electrician's apprentice, in other words, I was a real worker and even had my own locker.”


I was born in Dzerzhinsk in the Nizhny Novgorod region. My mother joined the R&D Centre in the region following her graduation, but originally my ancestors came from the Krasnodar region.

My grandfather was the commander of a tank company. He was killed in Austria at the end of WWII, having fought from the beginning of the war. He was buried in an unmarked mass grave in Austria. My other grandfather fought from the beginning of WWII too and returned to his farm after the war.