Is that standard, that you sit down and talk it out?
Yes of course. But there's always a balance. It happens, of course, that they say "see point 1," but it also happens differently. He can probably see that I'm slowly getting meat on my bones, so to speak. It's no longer the work of a student; everything is being built rather well.
You've been living in Nizhnekamsk for over five years. What has the city become in this time? How do you feel in it?
Over the years we've made a family—I got married here, had a kid. Now I'm very glad that I had a direct hand in the changes that have taken place in the city over the past five years. The result is obvious, and the opinion of the residents, their attitude towards everything, is noticeable. According to statistics, fewer young people have been leaving. That's for sure. Not by much, but it has decreased. I can't give exact figures, but if, let's say, ten people left before, now only eight people are leaving. You can see that small businesses are starting to develop in the city, establishments are appearing that just didn't exist before. Now there are places to go.
Establishments? You mean cafes?
Cafes, restaurants, bars and the like. Like, there were five establishments in the city in 2014. Now there twenty-five. Sure, there's still not enough, but development is underway. We have many global projects that everyone is waiting for. And it would be great to take part in them, to make my final mark here in Nizhnekamsk.
What are your plans for the future?
Everyone always asks me that. There are still projects that I would like to stay here and work on. Develop downtown, for example. While I've been here, we've been circling around and around it, and now I feel like we've already come to the point where it's time to start. We have some infrastructure facilities. If someone offers me a higher management position somewhere else, I'd probably consider their proposal. But for now, I'll stay right here.