Over the past year, Life around Yekaterinburg has told many stories. Some were scary, others inspiring. Below are the best.
"I lived for 8 months in the perinatal center, but the child did not survive."
Anna Veremeenko got into the hospital at the sixth month of pregnancy and after she lived eight months. The child was born prematurely and weighed 700 grams, this is a border territory. Back in 2011, in accordance with the previous criteria for live birth, he would be considered not a child, but a fetus - he would not be cared for. But in 2013, the baby was registered and placed in an incubator, however, it was not possible to save him. Life around tells how the girl survived the death of her son and how she found her salvation in volunteering.
"I live in an Orthodox shelter in the Urals"
Dima Kozyrev has been living in the Vereshchaginsky Orthodox shelter for seven years. Recently, the boy graduated from the ninth grade and entered the local technical school for a mechanic. In the "children's home" of the city of Vereshchagino in the Perm Territory, which was created by a local priest, Father Boris, children from all over Russia and even other countries have been falling for more than 20 years. Life around Yekaterinburg talked with Dima about why he ended up in a church shelter, how he lives there and what he dreams of in his 17 years.
"I reduced my stomach and lost 37 kilograms"
Valentina is 55 years old. For most of her life, she weighed more than 100 kilograms with a growth of 1.65 meters. They never spoke to her face about her physical features, but behind her back they constantly noticed that she would soon crack with fat. Two years ago, Valentina underwent a bariatric operation, and instead of 70 clothes she began to wear 52. We talk about how the operation went and what it changed in Valentina's life.
"I survived two clinical deaths from carbon monoxide"
Three years ago, the seventeen-year-old Uralian Sasha Slepukhin returned after a walk with friends and went to rest, but felt a strong malaise. That evening, something went wrong in the fireplace - carbon monoxide began to flow into the house, resulting in serious injuries to the whole family. For four months, Sasha did not crawl out of the hospitals, re-learning to see, speak, sit, walk and other basic things. Life around publishes the story of twenty-year-old Sasha - about how he was poisoned by carbon monoxide and got to his feet day after day.
"I have been living with HIV for 17 years, but that doesn't mean anything."
Polina Rodimkina from Yekaterinburg is 39 years old - 17 of them she lives with HIV infection. As a teenager, Polina lived from booze to booze and met with a heroin addict who beat her, and today is the mother of a 14-year-old daughter and the head of a rehabilitation center. Life around publishes her story of the fall and rise.
"I met adulthood in an educational colony"
Igor got to the Ural colony for minors at the age of fifteen for robbery and murder committed by another person. After serving eight years, he was released and, thanks to the skills acquired in the colony, began to engage in interior decoration. Igor told how he was forced to confess to the murder, which he did not commit, how life is arranged on the "youngster" and how his adaptation to life in the wild goes.
“I sat at the repost, and now I’m writing statements to the center of extremism”
Yevgenia Chudnovets from Yekaterinburg became known in November 2016, when she was found guilty of distributing pornographic materials depicting a minor - the girl made a repost video where there was a guy with his pants down. In 2018, Eugene became an activist, helping to disrupt the concerts of young performers and forcing the Center "E" to check the musicians. Life around talked with Eugenia and found out why she writes denunciations and what, in her opinion, can help stop prison sentences for likes and reposts.
"I find food in garbage cans"
Nastya Noodles have been freezing for almost a year. She does not study and does not work anywhere, and finds most of food and things in garbage dumps. According to her, in the trash can you can find almost any delicacy - from vegetables and fruits to canned funchose and dishes from restaurants. There, Nastya once found a seventh-grader Nazi diary and a dummy of a human skull. Life around Yekaterinburg talked with Nastya and found out how and why freegans find food in garbage cans, how safe such products are, and how a girl is perceived in society.
"I confessed to transsexuality when I left Russia"
Yulia Savinovskikh, who took away guardianship from adopted children after breast surgery, left Russia for Spain and made a planned outing. On the pages of The Insider, she introduces herself as Francis and talks about her transsexuality - Savinovskikh could not decide on this step in Russia, as she was afraid for the fate of her own children. Life around Yekaterinburg publishes a conversation that took place with Yulia back in 2017, but was lying on the shelf in the editorial office until the right moment.
"I decided to become a base jumper when my son crashed in the mountains"
Rim Nagimyanov is the father of the famous base jumper Ratmir Nagimyanov from Yekaterinburg, who crashed in the French Alps at the age of 32. Ratmir’s parents did not approve of his son’s hobby - they didn’t forbid, but they tried in every possible way to make him change his mind to engage in such a dangerous sport. After the death of his son, Rome wanted to understand what caused his son to risk his life from time to time - for the sake of this, he decided to become a base jumper and immediately began preparations.
"I prevented officials of Yekaterinburg from buying expensive cars"
A year ago, Ekaterina Petrova, a public procurement specialist and anti-corruption fighter, opened and led the Yekaterinburg branch of the Transparency International Russia anti-corruption organization. Life around talked with Ekaterina about how corruption is structured in Russia and Yekaterinburg in particular.
"I did not pass the session and ended up in a military unit in the Urals"
A draftee from Yekaterinburg anonymously told Life around how the service was arranged at the training center in Elani, where accidents regularly occur, and how the expectations of young people are confronted with reality.
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