I’d like to ask you to help fill in some of the details of that story. Start by telling me about your hometown in Russia and what it was like for you to grow up in that environment.
I was born in Russia and at that time it was the Soviet Union. I was born in Penza, the city of Penza, and it’s in the center of Povolzhye; it is not too far away from the mighty Volga River. I grew up in a regular Soviet family: my father was in the military and my mother was a teacher of physics and mathematics, and I think she was one of the important people who taught me how to love the sciences. In my childhood I did a lot of sports, and hockey is one of my favorite sports. I went to the professional hockey academy, but also I never forgot my goal. I always participated in, avior, different groups and studied flights and different other activities. Then I started to prepare to enter a university, a flight school. I finished the high school in my hometown and then I entered Chernigov flight school that I completed, and after having done that I continued my development.