I began in Russia as a journalist for a magazine focused on the growth of SMBs in the country. Through interactions with local entrepreneurs, I became more familiar with the ins and outs of the Russian business culture. Lucky for me, I quickly picked up the native language, a skill that came in handy when Vlanita hired me to manage commercial real estate projects in Moscow.
OOO “LSP”, my first official business, was co-founded in 2006 with Alexei Sapkin, a Russian native, former Press Secretary of the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Health, and a good friend I still work with today. From OOO “LSP” came English-by-Phone.RU, which teaches the English language to Russian students with interactive lessons instructed by native English speaking teachers from the US and UK.
The course is based on the Official Guide to the TOEFL Test, written by ETS, the people who write the actual examination.