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Side Lines: Yuly Rybakov

Side Lines: Yuly Rybakov
Favorite authors? Ivan Bunin, Alexander Pushkin, Ernest Hemingway, Romain Rolland.

Which living person do you most admire? Economist and politician Yegor Gaidar; Sergei Kovalyov, politician and human rights activist, former Soviet dissident and political prisoner.

Who has had the biggest influence on your life? Jesus Christ.

Which living person do you most despise? None (but of the dead, without a doubt, Josef Stalin).

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In a rocking chair in front of a fire, a dog on my lap, and a glass of mulled wine in my hand.

What is your worst vice or extravagance? Laziness.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Standing on a sailing boat, with the wind at my back, in glorious sunshine.

What would people be surprised to know about you? That I didn’t make a profit out of my political career and that I didn’t try to use my political career to my own advantage.

What is your greatest fear? Being afraid.

What do you wish you were better at? Painting.

What has been your greatest achievement or accomplishment? That I am a free man.