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Тихон Троянов

Tikhon Troianov: the old emigration had a goal: to return home

Tikhon Troianov is well‑known to the Russian diaspora in Switzerland. The son of a priest, he has worked as a journalist and lawyer; in the course of his long life he has managed to become a citizen of the world, whilst also maintaining his perfect Russian language skills and Russian soul. Among his personal acquaintances are a significant number of genuine luminaries, people who have turned their life in emigration into a cultural mission: his cousin Fr. Alexander Schmemann, Gaito Gazdanov, Georgii Adamovich, Vladimir Weidlé, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and many others.

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Azarii Plisetskii: Dancing is Mutual Understanding

Life ensured that Azarii Plisetskii’s biography would not make dull reading from the very beginning. At four months, he was in Butyrka prison. At half a year, he was a resident of the infamous ALZHIR camp (Akmolinsk Camp for the Wives of Traitors of the Motherland). This is where he learned to walk and talk. The boy’s first words were: «I want to leave the camp!» It could be said that the rest of his life was essentially a search for a «place beyond the camp» – a place of happiness, joy and beauty.

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Михаил Нагога: любое произведение искусства должно быть живым

Mikhail Nagoga: In any picture should be life

Mikhail Nagoga was Born in Nikolayev (USSR) in 1957; obtained a degree from Odessa Electrotechnical Institute of Communication (OEIC) named after A. S. Popov. Since 1982 he is married with Marina. They have two kids: son Mikhail graduated from HEIG in Yverdon and daughter Ekaterina is studying economy in UNIL. From 2004 they settled in Pully.

In my childhood we had a neighbor fond of photography. My friends and I, we were amazed when with solemnity he did his magics in a dark room with the red light, when on photo paper in the developer an image was born of that, which was seen through the viewfinder just moments ago. In fifth grade, I was already so crazy about photography that for half a year I didn’t visit the canteen, to save up a little, and in summer I had a part‑time job hammering together mail parcel boxes. The pay wasn’t fancy, 6.5 kopeks per item (I still remember!), but I managed to earn more than twenty roubles, which at the time (year 1969) was quite the sum. In the end my mother couldn’t bear it any longer and added the remainder, so that at last I became the possessor of a splendid «Zenith –V».

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Виктор Матеос: знакомый незнакомец

Victor Mateos: A Familiar Stranger

In the show business world of the Swiss Riviera, the figure of Victor Mateos is familiar to many. But nothing is known of his personal life. Victor is a mystery‑man. He has many friends and acquaintances, including Russian‑speaking immigrants to whom he often provides assistance. Today, we were given a fresh insight into his life and personality.

–– So who is Victor Mateos? Where were you born and who were your parents?

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Ее Императорское Величество принцесса Ирина Я верю в судьбу

Her imperial highness princess Irina: «I believe in destiny»

Her life journey has been so eventful and complex that it would be possible to use it as the basis for a novel in several volumes. Here we will try and convey to the readers of EXPAT the most important events in the life of Her Imperial Majesty Princess Irina.

––Expat: By what fates did you arrive in Switzerland?

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Искусство побеждать

The Art of Victory

Every morning, the soldiers of a Swiss military base in the Wichlen valley see a Russian warrior standing on guard. He has a kind face, holds an unusual weapon and wears the elegant uniform of an eighteenth‑century grenadier. On his mitre cap is the inscription: ‘God is with us. Pavel I’.

The sculpture is of a soldier of the army of Alexander Suvorov, who led the famous March across the Alps which ended with the triumphant defeat of the French Army.

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Big rules for little ones

Thirty years ago, when the «iron curtain» was still around and we knew as much about life in other countries as we knew about life on other planets, a curious story transpired in a small southern town. A coveted specialist came back to his country of birth after a five‑year‑long secondment abroad. He was of such value that he was even allowed to bring along his family with two children.

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British Degrees for Russian‑speaking Students in Switzerland

THE GENEVA ACADEMIC CENTRE EDUCATIONAL CENTRE FOR RUSSIAN‑SPEAKERS WHAT KIND OF DEGREES ARE VALUED BY EMPLOYERS? «Forget everything they taught you at university…»

Believe it or not, this phrase by Arkadii Raikin precisely captures the attitude of the employer who is hiring a university graduate with a traditional university degree, i.e. someone who has an excellent knowledge of theory. This is because this employer know that it will take time for the newly recruited specialist to start achieving real results. And time, of course, is money…

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Spy-cells conquer cancer

For several centuries now, humanity has been attempting to fight cancer. The number of times, when a patient’s life is saved despite dire diagnoses, is increasing nowadays. This type of success is achieved through modern day diagnostics, as well as new types of medicine. But, at times, in order to achieve victory one needs other advantages, such as trust from the side of the patient, passion for one’s work and expertise from the doctor’s side. This discourse is about experimental medicine on the basis of scientific research in the sphere of cell therapy.

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Гектор Смит всегда в движении

Hector Smith: a life on the move in praise in of mobility

Hector Smith was born in London in 1935. Despite obtaining a history degree from Oxford, he claims to have forgotten more than he ever learned there. After a career in marketing, mainly with Procter & Gamble and the Mars Group, he retired to wonderful Montreux. His family is large; 5 children and 23 grandchildren.

Like many englishmen, he played rugby and cricket and now enjoys skiing. A keen amateur painter he learned the hard way doing copies under the demanding guidance of his wife, Marie‑France, herself an art teacher. (Monet, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Anker etc) He is now fascinated by «still life» and by the effects of light on fruit. Apart from painting, he is also Co‑President of the MIB (Montreux International Business Club).

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