Moscow, Russia
Vitaly, 27
News Reporter
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a bit about Vitaly

What are you working on these days?

Every day I make a news report for REN TV channel. At my job, you never know where you will be this evening. I can fly to another city or even another country every moment. Once I was suddenly sent to the North Pole. Luckily, it was winter and I didn’t have to go there wearing shorts). Since then I always keep a special travel bag with stuff for every situation in the office.

What drives you mad these days?

Absence of sleep.

When was the last time you cried?

In Siberia. It was -40С outside, so it was painful.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Boombox (local band from Ukraine) and Alt+J.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Zootopia. It was a guilty pleasure.

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

I have a girlfriend, and I am obliged to accompany her to every her goddamn shopping day. So now I know everything about the best places to buy a dress. If we want something trendy and expensive, we go Podium market and Tsvetnoy market. The last one is one of the most stylish markets in Europe. But if we need more variety and have less money – we usually go to Afimoll and Metropolis.

What’s your go-to café in Moscow?

One of my favourite places is “Bruce Lee” at “Red October”. They offer pretty creative cocktails and have one of the greatest views in Moscow. But when I want something more casual, like drinking craft beer and eating burgers, I go to “Pivbar”.

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

Kitay-gorod.

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

I love skating, especially in Gorky Park, where everything looks absolutely fantastic in winter. All the park roads are covered with ice and beautifully illuminated. However, winter passes so fast, that I never really have a chance to enjoy it.

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

I would take Sergey Lavrov to “Pivbar” – so we could chill and eat burgers like good friends.

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

I would go to Ugolek – one of the best restaurants with a fireplace. It always smells like wood and smoke and that makes it very cosy.

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

There is a place near the Kievskiy railway station with the most astonishing view of the sunset. Getting there is kind of finding the Diagon Alley in London.

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

“Pod muhoy” bar. Every time I leave Moscow for a long time I however end up to drink there.

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

Definitely not Butovo. Probably Akademicheskiy – the district where I live.

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

Sadovod – it is the market where you can buy everything, but it looks like the crappiest place ever – even worse than marketplaces in Guangzhou, China.

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

I would go home and celebrate with my girlfriend and best friends. Maybe after that we would decide together to go out.

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

Reading. I love it so much because I am usually surrounded by so many people, and reading really helps me to distract and stay alone with myself.

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

“Mayak”. When I was a student, my friends and I spent every Friday night there. It has an incomparable atmosphere and always makes me feel like partying all night.

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