Then upon my return I moved to Moscow. Also because my personal life came together that way. And a year later I started working at MSU.
And that's when I like got to know this guy, who was from RUDN and Moscow State Institute of International Relations, as in there's this entire team of young scientists, each representing their specialty.
Well, and, it turned out that this impulse played a part, that I needed to do something for Russia in order for, for example, so we would also have a developed scientific community. We then started doing projects, travel around Russian cities, like Yekaterinburg, Petrozavodsk, then around the Moscow Oblast. I got involved with the Union of Young Scientists.
At that time I also traveled to Sweden for an interview for graduate school. I was only there for 2 days, and I remember that there are really a lot of bicycles and places where you can just sit and read a magazine, places of rest like that, very comfortable with a nice atmosphere.
What did you do in Moscow?
I was engaged in projects by school children – it's a competition among the best projects, the Youth Innovative Creativity Centre, where kids can kind of realize themselves in project activities.
Then I actually transferred to the Youth Innovative Creativity and Nanotechnologies Centre. I specialized there too, in atomic force microscopy – it's this special method, accordingly, on 3D printers.
School kids would come to me and I'd teach them how to work with these printers. One of our students made a 3D printer on the 3D printer all by himself.
That's straight up some kind of fractal art. So before 3D printers you mentioned something about something atomic?
Microscopes, well, a scanning probe, they're called atomic-forces, they were manufactured in the workshop where I worked. So like they make various kinds of spare parts. In general, it seems that over there, using the centre as a foundation, they begin with simple things, and then students connect up to it with all sorts of serious projects. Accordingly, I simply specialized in this laboratory for almost a year, in order to be, like, able to use this method, that is, at Kazan University I studied the method of dynamic light scattering, but here it's scanning microscopy, and there are a lot of methods, so like, you can specialize in one or two research methods.
What places in Moscow could you say were 'yours'?
I like the Botanical Gardens, especially when the lilacs blossom, peonies, there's a few hundred different types and you could even like volunteer there. For me for example, I felt like I missed, like, gardening, so I just would volunteer at the Gardens. You could help there to stake and tie up trees, and do some other things – that replaced my time gardening here.
But otherwise, the parks I liked, and also my favourite place VDNKh, well, because they have all that space stuff, all that stuff, Roscosmos museum and like that entire theme. The Science Festival started with the fact that I participated in event management, that all had a lot to do with space too, cosmonaut Leonov came there, so that for me was the most interesting meeting, then cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky, Nobel Prize winners.
How did your decision to return back to Mendeleevsk come about?