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My name is Alexey Saphonov, and I have lived in Moscow since I was born. I work as shift electrical technician

Versatile Work and Consolidated Team

I am a shift electrical technician attending 35–220 kV substations. My duty is to provide citizens with quality power. I maintain all the equipment, check that the light is on, computers operate properly, and the fridge is not defrosted. The work is quite curious, with lots of subtle aspects. I must be good at physics and energetics at times.

One can hardly imagine what my workspace looks like. It is a room with plenty of displays, which are a control desk. I make sure that all systems work properly. By the way, if you have a stereotype vision of an electrical technician as a sad man well over forty with a heavy look, it's time to drop it. We have a young squad (28–35 years old), a lovely atmosphere, and a sort of 'community'. I can call my colleagues at any time and ask for advice, and they won't hang up the phone but rather help me with advice or even come to me, if necessary.

'I must be good at physics and energetics at times'

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Hobbies and Career Choice

I have quite many hobbies. One of them is studying weather. I am actually an amateur meteorologist. Once, I was a children's lecturer in meteorology and astronomy. We arranged expeditions, compiled calendars, and wrote academic papers. Once, my colleague introduced me to her fellow energy workers. After that my career choice was made. I actually have a degree in aviation engineering. For example, I can design an atomic rocket power plant of power units for aircraft.

'Moscow can always show you something new. You only need to know where to search for it'

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Moscow Stories

I am a sixth or seventh generation Muscovite. My granny is always correcting me, but I still can't remember. My family has enough stories for a nice hardcover book. For example, my granddad on my mother's side was engaged in the renovation of Kremlin premises and building country houses for the first astronauts. He told us that he and his colleagues discovered a hidden icon on the Spasskaya Tower in 1938. During the renovation, my granddad once dropped a scraper. It flew down and pierced into the wall. The plaster came off and revealed a part of the icon. My granddad looked closer and saw the eye of Jesus. This is his favourite story. It became legendary within our family.

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My Moscow

I like travelling around Europe by car. I have many friends in different countries. They are always asking me why I don't leave myself, but I really don't understand the question. Moscow is my home city providing everything necessary for happy living. Why would I leave? Once, there was a stereotype about Moscow that it was a city for rich people. Today's Moscow is totally different. It is friendly to everyone. Things have changed, both outside and inside of us. Have you noticed that people became more friendly? They are no longer afraid of small chats on the street or of helping strangers. Finally, remember the World Cup. Lots of foreigners who came to Moscow eventually said that it was the best city on the planet. And they did not lie.

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Favourite Moscow Peculiarities

I like the city illumination. I really think it is the best in Europe. It is like an art form here. I like riding my bike (even in the rain) and looking at the houses. It doesn't necessarily have to be in the city centre, by the way. I was born and raised in Izmailovo. It is a city district with a fine infrastructure and architectural specifics. It embraces constructivism, lovely five-storey buildings, high-tech architecture, and green areas (Izmailovo, Losiny Ostrov, and Sokolniki parks). Moscow can always show you something new. You only need to know where to search for it.

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The special Muscovites project is dedicated to the heroes of our city: ordinary people with their own views on Moscow. You can meet them in a café, on the street, at the theatre or the supermarket. Perhaps, you sat across from their table, stood in the same queue or were on the same bus late to work just yesterday. Muscovites, let's get acquainted.

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