Mikhail Brodsky, PhD, Ural Life and Culture, CEO
I was born in Yekaterinburg. Somebody had to be.
Yekaterinburg – or Yekat for friends – is a big transportation hub.
Also, it is the first city in Asia and the last city in Europe, which makes it equally attractive to international companies, tourists, illegal immigrants, and drug dealers.
Fortunately for all of them, it is easy to find your way here, as the streets conveniently stretch from east to west and from north to south.
The reason for this lies in the city’s history.
The two founders of Yekat were Vasily Tatishchev, a Russian statesman and historian, and Georg Villim de Gennin (originally, Wilhelm de Hennin), a military officer and engineer, who was, according to different sources, either a German or Dutch.
Soon after the building started, Tatishchev was accused of taking bribes. He left for St.Petersburg to report to Peter the Great and was away for about a year.
When he returned, he was surprised to see a factory and a ready-to-live-in town that the German co-founder and his team of engineers had built.
So, today there are at least two cities in Russia with straight streets – Yekat and St.Pete – both built by Germans and Dutch.
Together, we are making Yekaterinburg a friendlier place!
Kimber Ross (US), journalist.
Eberhard Scheiffele (Germany), PhD, psychologist, university prof.
John Tucker (UK), TEFL teacher at Language Link, Yekaterinburg.
Dr. Justin N. Yeager (US), PhD, PsyD,TEFL teacher at Language Link, Yekaterinburg.
Konstantin Mironov (Russia), Yekaterinburg's photorapher.