Explains why old people in Russia like to vote for communists so much. Likes to play chess with his fellows in Izmaylovsky park in Moscow.
How we met: Izmaylovsky Park in Moscow (metro Izmaykovskaya) is a meeting place for old men who like to play chess. They sit in the forest, having chess battles and talking about politics. I was passing by there and heard the old men quarelling, so I decided to have a little discussion with Konstantin about politics.
Me: "Will you vote for communists in the elections in December?"
Konstantin: "Of course, who else can I vote for?"
Konstantin: "Why? Why... Because... Because the life with communists was... well... as they say... easy... better... and calm... and everything was cheaper... And now everything is more expensive... and there were more criminals...
Me: "You mean now there are more criminals"
Konstantin: "Yes, now, I mean, then there was very little crime"
Me: "But do you think president Putin won't be able to do the same? To get rid of all crime, to make life calm, if he has more time?"
Konstantin: "I don't think he will be able to do anything".
Konstantin: "Because all that... as they say... I don't think he will be able to do anything with such government... Hardly anything will work out... I don't think so... But with communists it will be better
Me: "But they will come to power again, and then there will be again bad things happening..."
Konstantin: "No, why bad? Zyuganov [leader of communist party in Russia - waytorussia.net] he will be able to make life better..."
Konstantin: "Well, there will be lower prices, and we will have more money, and there will be less crime, and life will be like it was before.. again...
Me: "Ok, but this is what he is promising to do, did he say how?"
Konstantin: "Yes, it's all in Sovetskaya Rossiya newspaper written, that we will get more money, and that there will be less crime, and.... I think... yes... he'll be able to do it..
An HR manager on her holiday, who thinks that foreigners care about money too much.
How we met: On a sunny day Svetlana was waiting for her friend to come, next to Novoslobodskaya metro.
Who: Svetlana is a human resources manager in a Russian company. "The main thing that happened in my life this week is that I went on a vacation! It's nice, but I think I'm going to stay in Moscow anyway".
Recommendations: "All people should see the main sights in Moscow, it's very impressive. Also, I would recommend just to walk around the center."
Quotes: "I think foreigners are more mercantile than Russians. Russians also care about money, but not so much, I think. Russians are more relaxed about this stuff".
Works as a programmer and likes travelling in natural places.
How we met: Igor was waiting for his girlfriend at Tretyakovskaya metro in Moscow (the metro is a very typical place to arrange meetings in Moscow), and there I was with my camera...
Who: Igor is a student and works part-time as a programmer.
Recommendations: "I think what every foreigner should see in Russia is of course the main sights in Moscow, like Kremlin, Red Square and so on... And also go to a natural place, like Karelia or Baikal Lake -- it's very beatiful there"
Quotes: "I can recognize a foreigner directly in crowd, because they usually dress quite brightly and they have an open look in their eyes. Russians are almost always dressed in black"