He attended the Academy of Arts and Culture at the Department of Cinema and Photo Skills in Siberia, while freelancing for newspapers and advertising agencies. Upon graduation he worked at the “Kuznetsky kray” newspaper. In 1995 he began as a stringer for EPA in Siberia. He has covered such stories as children’s colonies in Siberia and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. In 2001 he covered NATO operations in Afghanistan.
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