I was born in the Kazakh steppe in the family of virgin lands pioneers. I was brought up by my grandmother in Siberia, graduated from school in Perm, and Forest-Technical Academy in St. Petersburg. As a student, I traveled around half of the country: from the Khibiny on the Kola Peninsula to the Caucasus (vicinity of the Mt. Elbrus) and from the source of the Volga in the Valday Hills to the source of the Ob in Altai. So, according to my style, I’m rather a nomad than a person with a settled lifestyle.
I came to Syktyvkar in 1977 to work in the Komi Scientific Centre, Ural Division of Russian Academy of Science. I started as a junior research scientist and finished my scientific career as the head of the forest department. I’ve travelled all over the Komi Republic while pursuing science.
I’m acquainted with the Komi Model Forest project from its very beginning, i.e. pre-project discussions and proposals. I was actively cooperating with the project at the first stage (1996-1999), developing ecological routes in the reserve and Priluzje, creating a working group on certification, and preparing the proposals to the Komi Model Forest concept.
I became a part of the project in 2002, based on the competition results. At that time, it was WWF branch in the Komi Republic. I was a forest policy coordinator and Deputy Director. Since 2013, I’m the Director of the Silver Taiga Foundation. I love my job. I’ve always been dreaming to see the fruits of my labors during my lifetime, and not just in the scientific monographs. Dreams come true!!!