Immigration to the Czech Republic.
I publish an interview that Irina Marcus did with me for her Internet project several years ago:
Tatiana, when and where did you come to the Czech Republic?
I arrived in 2007. From where – a difficult question … I was born in an old small town 70 km from Veliky Novgorod, I studied in Leningrad, I arrived in Zagorsk, the current Sergiev Posad, worked in Moscow, lived for a few years near Pereslavl-Zalesskiy …
I always wanted to live in a small warm country. When there was an opportunity to buy property abroad, I considered various options & # 8212; for example, Bulgaria, Turkey … But stopped in the Czech Republic.
The main issue, of course, was the cost of real estate, important – the time on the road from Russia to abroad, mentality, culture, language and many small factors.
I came to buy an apartment, I have never been to the Czech Republic, although for a couple of years I studied this issue on the Internet.
From the very first visit, I did not feel the Czech Republic “abroad” – I felt at home
For what reason did you decide to leave Russia?
They say that emigration is of three types: economic, political and aesthetic. Here I, probably, the third variant. There were no economic and political problems – I went just for the beauty, for the warmth. In Russia there are too many small things that complicate life every day: roads, transport, communal, harsh climate, etc. After all, a person comes to this world not in order to fight housing and communal services … So he wanted to part with difficulties and live in beauty and coziness
Going for beauty is not a simple word. I used to live in many ancient and beautiful cities of Russia: Greater Novgorod more than 1000 years, Moscow and Pereslavl passed 850, my native town appeared in historical chronicles over 600 years ago. Sergiev Posad, along with Pereslavl, is included in the Golden Ring of Russia. St. Petersburg is kingly royal …
But the Czech Republic is simply amazing with its beauty! Not only Prague, but also our Teplice, and many other cities and towns. Very beautiful nature – richer than in the middle band of Russia. And glad that spring comes here two months earlier, and autumn – two months later. Four extra months of heat!
What did you do in Russia?
I graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Aviation Instrument Engineering and even worked as an engineer for a bit. It was the beginning of the 90’s, our design bureau was developing a new device (the first in the USSR!), The financing was periodically interrupted, and then it ended completely. Without waiting for cuts, I went to the humanities I worked in journalism and PR for more than ten years, mainly in Moscow.
What did you like most about your job?
I liked to write – until it became my work & # 8230; I liked organizing events – I did very well, apparently, I’m good logistics. Most of all I liked the work of the project type: there is a task and a budget, everything else should be done independently. Sometimes such projects were also in journalism – for example, to organize the work of the journal (editorial staff, advertising department, distribution service) in order to achieve self-sufficiency.
As for PR, there were different ways. When you work in a company, then a lot of routine work, but in the PR-agency there were a lot of projects. And the agency was famous & # 8212; in the sense that the real PR-Technologies agency is also a literary character. One of the founders, Arsen Revazov, wrote the book “Loneliness 12” (supermegatriller :)), which the critic immediately called “our response to Dan Brown” & # 8212; then just went to the Russian language “Da Vinci Code.”
It was difficult to determine what to do in a foreign country, in a new place?
Yes and no. At first I wanted to find something new for myself that I had not done before. And it came: friends asked to make a website for them. I had some idea about this – I made my first Internet page in 2000. It was a static multi-page site with my articles, CV, work experience. It is clear that for 10 years much in site building has changed, and I climbed the Internet to find new technologies, mastered several engines for dynamic multifunctional sites with CMS (content management system). Those my friends site have not been ordered, but other customers have appeared. So was born the advertising agency Slogan.
A little later, an idea arose that embodied in the project ustecky.eu – an online magazine for Russian-speaking residents of the Ustetsky Krai. It appeared on September 7, 2010. Its tasks are to help to adapt to our compatriots in the Czech Republic, not to lose contact with the Motherland and not to forget the Russian language.
Do you make this magazine alone? Do state and public organizations help?
From the first day I was assisted by the Center for the Support of Integration of Foreigners in the ���sti nc Region (Centrum na podporu integrace cizincu v Usteckem kraji), for which I am grateful to its leader, Jan Kubicka and co-workers. Sometimes part of the work is undertaken by freelance writers – voluntarily and free of charge. I was very helped by Lyudmila Larionova from Usti nad Labem in the first months of work with translations of materials, later Nadezhda Dmitrieva from Most was heading “Czech cuisine”. Neither the Russian state-run, nor Russian-speaking public organizations did not help the magazine “# 8230;
Now, living in Teplice, do not miss Moscow – the pace of life and work, the abundance of news and metropolitan vanity?
I do not miss the bustle. Moscow is a very beautiful city, but you can only admire it if you do not work there. In the “working mode” – this is a house-metro / cork-office-metro / cork-shop-house. And if in the old days I could still ride the subway while sitting, now, in order to only enter the escalator, it is necessary to stand in line. In the early 2000s I drove my car 8 km to work 50 minutes, now, I think this pleasure would have stretched for an hour and a half …
Well, the news is not only in Moscow – they are all online
We can say that the move to the Czech Republic was for you to some extent downshifting, or vice versa, do you have more opportunities for professional development here?
This is hardly downshifting. If we talk about wages – then here I earn less than in Moscow. Till. But I’m working less now – just as much as I want. In Moscow, I always had a non-standard working day, on vacation – for a week, it is desirable to leave and disconnect the phone, otherwise it will still get … It was interesting, I do not argue, but there was no time for myself.
Now I am engaged, in principle, the same as in Moscow, only the social status has changed: there I was a hired worker, and here is the owner of the company. I think that in Russia I would never venture to become an entrepreneur.
Immigration to the Czech Republic.