I am Norwegian, and much of my life (since 1989) has been dedicated to Russia. I have lived there during three periods:
Feb 1991-Dec 1992: As a student in Moscow. I have a BA in Russian and French
May 1995-May 1996: Establishing and heading the representative office of a Norwegian consulting company in St Petersburg
May 2007-Oct 2010: Managing a Norwegian property development project in Murmansk
When I was living in St Petersburg I was warned about the then head of the city’s foreign relations department, a certain Mr Putin. Knowing some of his background I didn’t welcome his highly unexpected rise to power. In 2010 I decided to close my professional door on Russia, having an unpleasant feeling about the future development of this vast country.