Moscow, Russia
Polina, 26
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a bit about Polina

What are you working on these days?

I graduated from the actor’s faculty and I’m preparing for the release of my graduation play.

What drives you mad these days?

Pretty simple: the weather and the news.

What makes you happy?

New music, food, going to the theatre and dancing-dancing-dancing!

When was the last time you cried?

I watched the first high-quality romantic comedy of Russian production named “Stature the Free” of Pavel Ruminov: I was crying from the twentieth minute and I couldn’t stop.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Hi-Gloss – You’ll Never Know.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Shopping tires me and I have no time for it. In case I buy something, it’s only from Russian designers.

What’s your go-to café in Moscow?

One of the network restaurants “Daily Bread” or “Jean Jacque”.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

My favorite place for a walk is the embankment that begins from Muzeon, passes through the Gorky Park and Neskuchny Garden to the Viewing Point, and there is just a short distance away from my house.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Moscow but never actually do?

Going on picnics to Neskuchny Garden.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I will go to “Dr. Zhivago” with Boris Pasternak, a dead and famous Russian poet, for some ‘meat pockets’ and to listen to some stories

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

For weekends, I’ll probably go to the Multimedia Art Museum, then I will have dinner and then I’ll go to the Gogol center.

What’s that place in Moscow you feel like only you know about?

Near my house there is a very small river where it is great to sit down and look at the water, you’re almost always alone there. I like the small Chinese eating house on the Artplay where I study.

If tomorrow was your last day in Moscow before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I will over-sleep until noon, then have a breakfast in one of “Jean Jacque’s” restaurants, go for a walk around the Garden Ring Road to Patriarshiye Ponds, and from there I’ll go across Tverskaia street to Stoleshnikov Lane where I will visit some friends.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I would like to be the mayor of my own neighborhood. I would open more local cafes; I would finish renovating the old buildings and would prohibit smoking hookahs from the automobiles on the Viewing Point.

What’s the spot in Moscow you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

All “entertaining” places at the New Arbat Street. Except the shop “Vesna” and the movie theater “Oktyabr” it is better not to go there at all.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I will take my friends and we will go to “Khachapuri” to eat khinkali and drink after with sparkling pomegranate juice. From there, perhaps, we will move further on the embankment with wine.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Preparing for travelling, looking at the ocean, contriving the plots which just the same time I will never film

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

This is bar “Redakciya”. I rarely go anywhere right now, but the last winter we visited it very often.

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