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  • 15 References 10 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian; learning German
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • PhD student
  • St. Petersburg State University (Specialist), European Un...
  • From Yalta, Crimea
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About Me

I grew up in sunny Yalta - the loveliest city on the Black Sea shore where Russian emperors built their palaces to escape the power routine. My friends say I'm crazy to leave Yalta for St. Peterburg - so unwelcome to newcomers - as they say. For better or for worse, I live in St. Petersburg and feel happy about my decision - the city is SO amazing that I can hardly imagine what would I be if it didn't happen to me 7 years ago.

I did my BA and MA in Art History but since I was always interested in the crossroads of arts and politics as well as social dimensions of art I am now doing my PhD in history.

Although I am occupied with the thoughts about my thesis most of the time, those who know me well, say I'm rather relaxed and laid back. I am not a man of big emotions but I am curious and I like this side of myself.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I like the idea of sharing - goods, thoughts, emotions, whatever.. Sharing makes people more wealthy and mature. I believe every person you meet teaches you something, even if you think of the experience as a negative one. CS gets people mature.


art (old, new, modern, contemporary, street...); walking, cycling, exploring new cities; party games, board games; chatting...

  • arts
  • writing
  • walking
  • partying
  • politics
  • board games
  • cycling
  • art history
  • history
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

As a PhD student I have little time for fiction. I adore Russian literature, however! I also like Vian, Remarque, Maugham, Salinger, Hemingway and others, others...

Movies: Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick), Rocco and His Brothers (Visconti), 8 1/2 (Fellini), Antonioni!!!, Fargo (Coen brothers), Love Actually (Curtis),... just SO many others!

Musik: there is no a certain type of music that I like/dislike in particular. My prefernces are changing so fast that I can hardly gues what's in my top at the moment). I'm a big fan of opera and trying to attend as many performances at Mariinsky and other theaters as I can.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I worked as an interpreter at an international adoption agency. I helped kids and their new parents to understand each other. This was the most rewarding job that i've ever done..

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach Russian and Ukrainian. I can also speak about social constructivism, arts, letters, relationships,... whatever!
There're always things you haven't even imagined you want to learn - it's people that make you want to improve.

What I Can Share with Hosts

meals, friends, sleeping surface, money, thoughts, impressions, anything - it all depends on the host :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Russian Federation, Ukraine

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