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'Young Men Often Try to Get to Know Me'

Marina Papiy, Station Master at the Delovoy Tsentr and Vystavochnaya Stations of the Moscow Metro

In honour of Moscow Transport Day, we interviewed some real heroes—the people who drive us around every day, who help make our capital the best city on Earth.

How long have you been working here? Why did you choose this profession?

I've been working in the Moscow Metro since 2016. I started out as an operator working under a centralised traffic control dispatcher. Now I'm a station master. I started working in the Metro on the recommendation of a good friend, whom I'm very grateful to.

Have there been any interesting or funny situations involving your job or your passengers?

Young men often try to get to know me while I'm at work (smiles). One young man was particularly persistent. He saw me inside a train carriage, followed me to a service entrance—which you're not allowed to enter without proper authorisation—and waited there for a while. He didn't wait long enough (laughs).

In your opinion, what place in Moscow should everyone—tourists and locals alike—visit?

My favourite place is Kolomenskoye. Everything is beautiful here: both the architecture of the old buildings and the nature.

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Do you have any favourite spots in the city that you can see while you're at work?

One of my favourite places is the junction of the Moscow Central Circle line and the Moskva River. I take the Moscow Central Circle to work. From up there, you can admire the view of the river and the Peter the Great Statue.

If Moscow was a vehicle, what would it be?

It would be a large double-decker train, a very long and roomy one.

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