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of non-accidental accidents'

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My name is Maria. I have lived in Moscow for 16 years. I am the founder of a PR agency

About the right choices

I moved into my current residence over five years ago. It is at Krylatskie Hills, next to a park where we like to walk as a family. I was born in Togliatti. I lived in Vladivostok for about five years before returning to my native Togliatti, Russia's automotive capital. Eventually, I decided to move to Moscow. My life has been great ever since I moved here 16 years ago.

I have started a PR agency that provides services in taking the status of various events to the next level. In the past five years, I have devoted myself to promoting projects in the fashion industry and scaling up the business of Russian fashion designers. I joined the nationwide festival Russian Student Spring eighteen months ago as the manager of their Fashion cluster.

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About my work

I was 16 when my career kicked off. I started working in the field of PR. Later, I graduated from the St. Petersburg Institute of External Economic Relations, Economics and Law. I have spent twenty years in PR. My first professional job in Moscow was as a Real Estate Awards director. Then I worked as a PR director for several companies before opening my own PR agency. I discovered the fashion industry seven years ago, and began working to expand in it. I started my own project, which continued for four years.

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On opportunities and courage

If you know exactly what you want, you will get it. Moscow offers a plethora of opportunities. I knew this right away when I moved here from Togliatti. I had big ambitions, lots of strength and energy. I waded into the rhythmical flow of Moscow life with ease.

Everything is for real in Moscow. Everything that happens here is part of a chain of non-accidental accidents. It's a staggering city that offers a platform for any new beginning. People will always come along who think your idea is great (or make it plain to you why your idea sucks). If you have a really good project, in Moscow, you can build it up from scratch within a reasonable time frame. The key is to have faith, analyse and never give up.

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About travel and the tourist's Moscow

My other passion, apart from fashion, is travel. I love to explore new places. I think travel will always come first for me because travel means getting new impressions. And impressions are the most precious thing in life.

I believe Moscow is one of those destinations every tourist must visit. These cosy little streets, my favourite—Nikolskaya, the parks, gardens and façades... they all reveal different facets of the city. Moscow is a multifaceted city, and I will always recommend it to everyone. I have lots of friends in Europe, Asia, the Americas and New Zealand. I keep telling them about Moscow. Some of them have already visited more than once and tell me they have enjoyed the city.

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About my neighbourhood

Krylatskie Hills is a special place for me. I have lived in the southwest and around Patriarshiye Ponds. But now I think I have found the perfect symbiosis of nature, inspiring scenery, fine architecture, churches, schools and restaurants. It's an ideal family neighbourhood. There is no need to go anywhere else for anything. It's also great that the neighbourhood puts one in the mood for sports. When I get tired of working or doing household chores, I escape to the wooded Krylatskie Hills with my laptop and a snack. I walk around in the forest, or sit down and enjoy the view.

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Other favourites

My favourite area in Moscow is the one around Patriarshiye Ponds. That is where I met my first husband and my family life began. It is such a neat part of the city. It's clean, comfortable and there are nice restaurants with excellent service. You run into interesting people there. There is no other place like that in Moscow. You always want to go back there.

For a big outing into nature, our family and perhaps some friends usually head to Serebryany Bor (Silver Pine Forest) to play volleyball, have a picnic or simply stroll around. Here, I prefer to face nature on my own.

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