I was very good in math and physics. In the Soviet time, we had a lot of Olympic-style competitions for different disciplines: I was always winning in my region.
I don’t like Moscow. It’s not my city.
Don’t forget I’m from a military family. I was in special training in the army. I am tall, sporty and – how do you say – you can always protect yourself… I have very strong security.
Long term I do believe internationally there is a huge misunderstanding of Russia.
My mum brought me to my first job when I was 12. I started electrical work at her plant. She was an engineer, a technical expert, at one of the plants in the south, and in the summer she brought me in and I learnt how industrial things work: casting, electricity, maintenance, everything.