1. I was brought up in a home town of Leo Tolstoy and AK-47 guns

2. My first paid job was to write public speeches for Russian criminal authorities who'd turned into prominent businessmen

3. They were the nicest clients and always paid on time

4. I have a master’s in Philology: Structural Linguistics and Cognitive Semantics

5. The single thing that upsets me the most about advertising is the amount of bullshit we tell each other

6. I don’t mind assholes

7. Most people who have worked with me have generally enjoyed the experience

8. The others are not likely to share their thoughts

9. I think no word should be wasted for the sake of a round-numbered list.