Russian Time Magazine - Issue 44

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Sergey Kotserubov, VP Marketing Angelica Strijaous, Marketing Director Lyudmila Borisova, Advertising Manager Sam Samadhana, District Manager Elena Tyukayenko, Community Liaison Oleg Ivannikov, Graphic Designer Dilshot Ahmedov, Graphic Designer Olga Gladysheva, Graphic Designer Anton Melentiev, Graphic Designer Maksim Fedyakin, Graphic Designer Evgeniy Verbitskiy, Graphic Designer Ludmila Antonysheva, Contributor Alessandra Ensch, Contributor Lika Emelyanova, Contributor Moses Strizhaus, Contributor Elizabeth Almonte, Contributor Tia Gemmell, Photographer Albina Mingaleeva, Photographer Larissa Gerassimenko, Proofreader Debbie Cunningham, Proofreader David Henderson, Esq., Attorney at Law

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VOL 44



Take a look inside the life of an electrical engineer who found her passion in raising and training service dogs for the disabled

What do a successful entrepreneur, a luxury real estate broker, and an LA superstar have in common? Keep reading to find out!





Valentines Day is just around the corner. Surprise your loved one with a tasty treat that will blow their mind

Meet the entrepreneur of the year, Paul Borodenko, and get inspired by the story of his success




Read an exclusive interview with Dr. Kurpatov, who warns us about the final battle between man and AI

WHAT MAKES THE PERFECT MAN? We asked 10 women of different age and walks of life what a “perfect man” means to them. Guess what they said


Discover a magical place with turquoise beaches, exotic animals, modern architecture and an urban city vibe




Have a laugh with our publisher as he recalls his most memorable Valentine’s Day

FEATURING Love, war, success and adventure, these are some of the things you’ll find in this issue of Russian Time Magazine. Find out if technological advancement and Artificial Intelligence pose a threat to humanity from one of Russia’s leading psychologists. See what there is to explore to the south of the equator in our travel column. Get clever ideas on how to trick your special someone into believing that you have mad chef skills without even touching the oven. Find out which businesses have been voted Best in their field this year. Check out what kind of pets are waiting at home for some of the most acclaimed people in our community. This and more in this spring issue of Russian Time Magazine! Enjoy!

publisher’s note Valentine’s Day has always been special to our family. My wife and I would usually plan a trip to escape from the hustle and bustle of life to spend some quality time together. One year, Valentine’s Day fell on a Wednesday, which meant that our family tradition was ruined. Both of us worked, so getting out of town in the middle of the week was not an option. We simply agreed to meet for dinner. Little did I know, I was about to be “kidnapped”.

KIDNAPPED My wife texted me telling me to stop by the house and change into a suit because our reservation was some place fancy. When I got home, I decided to take a quick shower before heading out. Just as I covered myself with soap, I heard the doorbell ring. Whoever was knocking was very persistent. I threw on a towel and went to open the door. To my surprise, it was a complete stranger. He handed me a white envelope with a short note that read: “Don’t ask any questions. Don’t bother changing, just get in the van.” For a moment I thought it was a joke, but one look at the serious face of this muscular man in front of me, and I changed my mind. Next thing I knew, I was sitting in the back of a van, heading down a ghostly road, away from the city lights.


My driver wasn’t much of a companion. He didn’t say a word and ignored all of my questions. We left the city behind and all I could see were dark rice fields with lonely farm lights occasionally blinking in the distance. I had a bad feeling about this; I felt like I was in a scene from Taken. We finally pulled over next to a vintage hotel, and my driver handed me another envelope with a room number and a key. At this point, I had nothing to lose. I was two hours away from home with no wallet, no cell phone, and no idea what I had gotten myself into. I went up to the room and slowly opened the door. The thing I saw took my breath away. The room was filled with candles, rose petals and an elegant dinner set for two. It seemed I was to be a “Valentine hostage”. And there, standing in

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the middle of the room, was a beautiful woman in a red dress. My beautiful wife. She went to great lengths to turn a weekday Valentine’s Day into an adventure of a lifetime. We both went back to work the next morning with a memory that will last forever. It’s incredible how easy it is to make someone you love happy by simply thinking outside the box. This issue of Russian Time has lots of fresh ideas on how to make that special person in your life, smile! I hope you find it inspiring. Read it, live it, love it! Sergey Ivannikov Page sergey_ivannikov sergeyivannikov @RAMceo RUSSIAN TIME MARKETPLACE





The BEST by Russian-Speaking Community Business Award Ceremony is a one night journey into the fascinating world of Slavic California! The event is dedicated to acknowledgement of businesses & organizations voted Best for their exceptional services rendered to Russianspeaking Californians.




1 Gala MCs, Ulyana Zilbermints and Andrey Kazak. 2 Vocal performance by Inna Yukhimchuk 3 Event organizer Sergey Ivannikov, CEO or Russian American Media 4 Contemporary Ballet Act by Northern California Dance Conservatory 5 Victoria Geras presents Daryl T. Seaton and Slava Palamarchuk, Founder and Managing Director and Risk Management Advisor respectively, with the Best Award 6 City of Rancho Cordova Council Member Linda Budge with the President of the Slavic American Chamber of Commerce, Sergey Terebkov 7 Ted Gaines, California Board of Equalization, and Beth Gains with the President of Slavic Community Center Florin Ciuriuc 8 Karina Botezat, co-owner at Albedo Arts Community presents Best Plastic Surgery Center of Bay Area Award to Dr. Stephen J. Ronan, MD with Blackhawk Surgery Center 9 California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley with the Best Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Award recipient, Dr. Alex Antipov 10 Sergey Ivannikov with Citrus Heights Councilwoman Porsche Middleton and Rancho Cordova Councilman Garrett Gatewood 11 California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley with Dariy Bek, Small Business of the Year Award recipient 12 Alex Konanykhin, CEO at Transparent Business presented with the Best People Management Solution by Angelica Geras 13 Paul Cass Attorney at Law presented with the Best Real Estate Attorney Award 14 Lyudmila Borisova, Larissa Gerassimenko, and Angelica Strijaous with Russian American Media 15 California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley presents Yelena Nikitskaya at DEZARO Marketing with the Best Online Marketing Company Award 16 Miss Russian California title holder Suzan Romanishin, and Miss Russian California Director Sharon Dean with husband Matt Dean 17 Featured Artist Elena Shishkin with husband Tony



Miss Russian California 2019 beauty pageant provides prominent young women of Slavic descent with a platform to exemplify their community leadership, educational achievements, and professional accomplishments.

1 Miss Russian California 2018 Anna Petrova takes the stage for the pageant’s Main Act 2 Norther California Dance Conservatory Performance 3 First Place Winner, Ksenia Anikushyna 4 Inna Chebanenko, Miss Russian California Finalist 5 Yuliya Pukhalskaia, Miss Russian California Finalist 6 Katerina Sheremet, Miss Russian California Finalist 7 Anna Petrova, Miss Russian California 2018 8 Pageant Opening Act 9 The Interview hosted by Masha Kutilova 10 Milana Shai, Miss Russian California Finalist 11 Karolina Gera, Miss Russian California Finalist 12 Katerina Sheremet, Miss Russian California Finalist 13 Miss Russian California 2019 Announcement and Crowning 14 Ksenia Anikushyna, Miss Russian California 2019, Milana Shai, 1st Vice Miss, with pageant organizers 15 Masha Kutilova, pageant choreographer, Ksenia Anikushyna, Miss Russian California 2019, Anna Petrova, Miss Russian California 2018, Milana Shai, 1st Vice Miss, and Sharon Dean, Pageant Director 16 Nadezhda Ganicheva, Miss Russian California Finalist, with Olya Ivannikov, pageant organizer RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE



“Raise UP Sacramento” From Cradle to Career Reception and Awards First 5 Sacramento celebrated 20 years of improving the lives of local children and families at the Golden 1 Center. The organization recognized local businesses that support Raise Up Sacramento, From Cradle to Career movement which encourages innovative approaches to family-friendly workplace. The Sacramento Kings were recognized as one of the dignitaries.

1 LaTina Price with First 5 Sacramento, Julie Gallelo with First 5 Sacramento, Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, Christina Elliott with California State Teacher’s Retirement and Erin Maurie with First 5 Sacramento. 2 The event was held at Golden 1 Center. 3 Julie Gallelo with First 5 Sacramento, Betty Low with the Kings and County Supervisor Phil Serna. 4 California Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, Julie Gallelo with First 5 Sacramento, Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna and state Sen. Richard Pan. 5 Jason Sample with Gateway Community Charters and Scott Moak with Sac Republic FC. 6 Awards for local businesses that strived to improve lives of local families with young children. 7 Clay Merrill with the Child Abuse Prevention Center and Angelica Strijaous with Russian American Media. 8 County Supervisor Phil Serna, Javiar Guerra and award honoree Sacramento Council Member Eric Guerra. 9 Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Stephanie McLemore Bray with United Way California Capital Region. 10 Julie Gallelo with First 5 Sacramento, Alisha Hightower with honoree Access Dental Plan, Abbie Totten with honorees Health Net, Danielle Cannarozzi with honoree Liberty Dental Plan and Roger Dickinson with Transportation CA. 11 Larry Lee with Sacramento Observer, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and David Lichtman with Sacramento Business Journal. 12 First 5 inspired a movement “Raise Up Sacramento, From Cradle to Career” which encourages innovative approaches to family-friendly workplace.

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Pets are part of our every day lives. They provide companionship, emotional support, reduce stress, and love you no matter what. After a long and stressful day of work, you know you can come home and someone will be there waiting for you.

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LiLou is the World’s 1st Airport Therapy Pig, what sort of therapy does she offer?

Certified through SF SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program, LiLou walks through SFO as part of the Wag Brigade, and interacts with people who are stressed from flying or going through a rough time in their life.

How do people react to seeing a pig at the airport?

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Does it get expensive to maintain a piggy?

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What inspires LiLous fashionable style?

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Josh M Tindel Josh is a Sacramento native. He is married to wife Jessica for almost 15 years with 3 beautiful, happy children. He is an adventurous soul who loves to travel, fish and exercise. He lives a life full of abundance, gratitude, positive mindset and prayer.

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How did your pet Gracie prepared my wife change you? and I for kids! We got her first before we had children and it was great preparation! What is your pet’s Greenies (dental treats) favorite treat? or a big green spidey that squeaks. Finish the sentence The first person to greet “ For me, my me at the door when I get dog is….” home and is always happy to see me! What is your dog’s She LOVES to go on walks favorite habit? and bike rides — and eating anything that falls on the floor. What made you Coincidence! 12 years ago choose this specific my wife and I wanted a dog breed of dog? and as we were leaving my parents’ house, my Mom mentioned a newer breed of dog called a Puggle. The rest is history. When my wife saw a picture of Gracie, she was sold! What is the most memorable moment with your pet?




Greeting us at home when we brought each of our 3 children home from the hospital. She was so curious, yet so kind. Also, once she got off the leash at the park and took off chasing squirrels. I needed to gather about 10 people in the park to help me get her, she is fast!

At the age of 23, Lika successfully organized, produced and hosted “Miss Russian Los Angeles”. Because of its great success, she received the Role Model of the Year award for “Outstanding Achievement”.

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Lika Osipova Founder of Miss Russian United States Founder of Miss Russian LA Model & actress Award Winning Producer TV-Reporter

Soon after accepting the award, she was invited to become a director for different events, shows and concerts. Currently, she is working with producers at Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Studios. How has your For me, my dogs are not life changed just animals. They’re my with dogs? family, my kids. Taking care of them calms me down and makes me happy after a busy day. First, you had Oscar. What made you decide to get a second dog?

Oscar I bought spontaneously, I saw him at my friend’s the house, and could not leave without him. I decided to take Cookie out of the dog shelter.

Which of the dogs Oscar is my exact is more like you: replica. He is calm and Oscar or Cookie? understands everything. What is your It’s a walk along the perfect day off? ocean with my dogs. I can walk 20 miles a day! How do you become successful in LA?


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Bill has dedicated his life’s work to language access for California’s millions of Limited English people. His two companies, Language World Services and Fluency, serve to professionalize and improve the work of interpreters everywhere.

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How did your pet Genovese Pawpini Glasser change you? (aka “Geno”) changed me in so many ways. I don’t have to go to the gym anymore because walking him is like taking a bull shark for a swim! What made you I really like all those wrinkles! choose this specific They also like to dress up like breed of dog? old men, and they only snore when you are trying to fall asleep! What is your pet’s Geno loves Trader Joe’s cooked favorite treat? chicken strips, and buffalo meat sautéed in olive oil. Finish the sentence The reason I have to “ For me, my dog is….” buy a new house! How many pairs of shoes or pieces of furniture have you throw out?

Zero shoes, he prefers bully sticks and ham bones. The furniture was old anyway, he just moved the throw-out date up a few years.

What is your dog’s He loves to play tug of war! After favorite habit? a few rounds with him, I had to get my right shoulder replaced with titanium. What is the most We went for a swim in the River memorable moment and of course I had on two life with your pet? jackets because I’m a terrible swimmer. As the current took us, I could see Geno started to panic and go underwater. I remembered stories about owners trying to save their pets, only to drown while their dog was able to swim to safety. Even though we were both exhausted, we both managed to make it to the shore. Next time I will wear 3 life vests, one for Geno! 22




After almost 3 decades in the Real Estate business, Nick is recognized as the Tri-County‘s premier real estate broker. He and his wife, Dina celebrate over 20- years of marriage, a successful partnership and raising 2 children.

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How did your pet My dog made me change you? very compassionate and caring. Do you think your pet I think my pet resembles you in any resembles me very way? How so? much. He is very persistent and smart! What is your pet’s He loves grillers favorite treat? (small pieces of steak)! What is your dog’s Gucci loves to favorite habit? welcome and greet new people and offer them his toys to play together. What made you I chose this breed choose this specific because they look breed of dog? cute and smart and are easy to take care of.

What is the most The most memorable memorable moment moment with my pet with your pet? was when our family met him and he was only 6 weeks. What animal would I would never even you never even consider having consider? a hamster, my kids wanted one when they were younger and I said no!






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Saving work vacation days for a year, I knew this winter was time to go big. But where could I visit without rain or snow to complicate a good time? The answer came easy. My buddy Matt and his girlfriend Katherine were in Australia under a travel visa and I soon learned that frigid holidays in Sacramento meant summer sun in the Down Under. Roping my brother Cole along, we booked flights to Sydney and came up with a plan of attack: an epic journey through Aussie’s famed Great Ocean Road.



Flying from Sacramento, we lucked out with a layover in Honolulu with enough time to scale the Diamond Head Crater and discover an eerie temple in the island’s north side. As the plane descended, we got our first taste of Sydney with a clear-skied view of its waterfront botanical gardens and Opera House shining in the summer sun.



We explored the city laneways, learning of Sydney’s beginnings as a prison colony that morphed over time into a modern metropolis. Yet in the old bricks of buildings you’ll find traces of its dark past, with symbol signatures carved into stone as an indication of the inmate who created them. For our last night we embarked on a journey with Dave’s Pub Tours through the shady alleyways of a district called The Rocks. Here, we learned of four brewpubs vying for the bragging rights to Sydney’s oldest pub and heard the tale of James Squire, an inmate who escaped the hangman’s rope by brewing excellent beer. We were even allowed to descend beneath an old pub to the secret remnants of ancient prison cells.








The Great Ocean Road has earned acclaim not only for prestigious turquoise shores, but for the diversity of environments encountered throughout its trek. Our first stop was Kennett River, a hotspot for one of Australia’s cutest critters: the koala. Driving a dirt road with necks strained out rental car windows, we scanned through miles of Eucalyptus trees stretching endlessly on each side. By the end we spotted several koalas, each tucked away in their 21 houra-day snooze. Back on the highway, our setting began to shift from cliffside coasts to the winding roads and lush ferns of the Otway rainforest. What a change of scene! Here, we took a trek across the Otway Fly suspension bridges built high in the rainforest trees. Next on our list was perhaps the Great Ocean Road’s most well-known attraction: The Twelve Apostles. These monumental slabs of sandstone emerge from nowhere amidst goldenbrown grains on the shore. After taking in the views we went for a dip in nearby Loch Ard Gorge, famous for a multitude of shipwrecks from sailors attempting to enter its narrow gate.

MELBOURNE Next up we flew to Melbourne, a city known for vibrant street art, which served as our portal to the Great Ocean Road. But before taking off we made use of Melbourne’s free tram service, tracked down some fairy penguins in St. Kilda, and watched New Year’s Eve fireworks from a rooftop bar, drinks in hand. 28



After a quick stop at the Tower Hill Reserve filled with koalas, bizarre lizards, and giant Emus, we arrived at our final stop on the road trip: Grampians National Park. Despite temperatures of over one hundred degrees we powered to the top of the lofty Pinnacles cliff for a panoramic view unlike anything I had seen before. We spent our last night camping under stars and waking to the crash of kangaroo feet around our campground.

TASMANIA With the conclusion of the Great Ocean Road, it was time to check out a much different region of Australia, an island south of Melbourne called Tasmania. In comparison to mainland Australia, Tassie is a quiet place with picturesque beaches and abundant wildlife.

We spent our first day on a cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys to the rugged bluffs of the Tasman Peninsula. The cliffsides, and much of Tasmania, are made of a subvolcanic rock called Dolerite whose hardness is close to diamond. This geology allowed for intricate cave systems to form across the Peninsula, some of which we were able to idle our boat through. For the remainder of the cruise we made friends with fur seals, albatross, dolphins, and watched some fearless rock climbers ascend the arduous Totem Pole rock. For our final days we made our way up Tasmania’s East Coast route, encountering stunning vistas like Wineglass Bay, the bright red-turquoise Bay of Fires, and stopped to snap photos of all sorts of adorable creatures. It’s safe to say these vacation days were well spent.




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Desserts by Lika Emelyanova

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NO BAKE Recipes to Surprise Your Date Valentine’s Day is all about romance, love, and chocolates, but if you want to get really creative and take your date by surprise, try these two easy dessert recipes that require no baking skills but will make you look like a real chef! 30



BAKED ALASKA FLAMBÉ Inspired by Food Network



Combine an exotic dessert with an impressive show! Surprise your guests by putting an ice cream cake in the oven and then setting it on fire! Baked Alaska is one of the most creative yet easy desserts that requires minimal preparation and no baking skills. It looks absolutely breathtaking when served in flames flambé style. This easy recipe is both a treat and an impressive show. INGRIDIENTS

for CAKE: • • • • • •


1 pint of vanilla ice cream, softened 1 pint of chocolate ice cream, softened 1 pint of salted caramel ice cream, softened 1 quart of strawberry ice cream, softened 1 loaf of pound cake* 1 box Oreo handi-snacks cookie sticks


• 6 egg whites at room temperature • 1 cup of sugar • Pinch of cream of tartar

DIRECTIONS 1. Fill a large Zip-lock bag with the Oreo cookies and crush them with a rolling pin until they are crumb like. Spray a small metal bowl with cooking spray and line it with plastic wrap. Fill the bowl with scoops of the sorbet, vanilla ice cream, and half of the chocolate ice cream, alternating small and large scoops to create a mosaic of colors and shapes. Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the ice cream; press down to close the gaps between scoops and even out the surface. Remove the plastic wrap, sprinkle the ice cream with the wafer crumbs and re-cover with the plastic wrap, pressing gently. Freeze until set, about 30 minutes. 2. Remove the wrap and spread the remaining chocolate ice cream in an even layer on top of the crumbs. Cut the pound cake into 1/2-inch-thick slices; completely cover the ice cream with the slices, trimming as needed (you’ll use about twothirds of the cake). Cover with fresh plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. 3. Make the meringue: Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until foamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in the sugar on high speed until the whites are glossy and hold stiff peaks. 4. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Bake the cake until the meringue peaks are golden, about 4 minutes, or brown the meringue with a blowtorch. Let the cake soften at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. 5. Pour some dark rum in a long stem glass, and light it up. Carefully pour the flaming liquid on top of your cake. Enjoy the show!

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* Trader Joe’s Bourbon Cake Mix ($3.46) is easy to make and tastes great!




CHOCOLATE BERRY CUPIDS Inspired by ByronTalbott This low-calorie dessert is a real treat for those who wish to satisfy their sugar cravings without compromising their waistline. It’s healthy, delicious, fancy, and extremely easy to make! It can be done in under 30 minutes and requires no cooking skills. All you have to do is make chocolate cups by dipping balloons in melted chocolate, fill them with whip cream and berries, and watch your date be amazed!


Here's a guilt-free, hassle-free, no-bake day dessert that is both, good looking and easy to make

1 cup milk or dark chocolate 1 cup cream 3 Tbsp sugar 1 vanilla bean (seeded) Berries of your choice

DIRECTIONS 1. Blow up eight small balloons* till they’re about the size of a fist. Make sure they are all the same size. 2. In a double boiler melt two thirds of the chocolate, mixing it until it melts. Take it off the heat and add remaining chocolate, mixing it until it is all melted and creates a uniform mass. 3. Dip each balloon hallway into the chocolate and set them on a large plate. Place the balloons in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes. 4. While the chocolate is setting, whip the heavy cream with sugar and prep your berries. 5. Take the chocolate cups out of the fridge. Gently cut the top of balloons to slowly let them deflate. The balloons will peel off inside the chocolate cups. 6. Remove the balloons. Fill each cup with whip cream and berries. Serve with powdered sugar.

*use mini balloons as they peel off better than large ones.




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Will we lose the battle with Artificial Intelligence?




by Olga Garicichina

MANKIND RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE 34 Photos by: Andrey Kotusov


Is your book a warning to humanity or a statement of our future loss in the one-sided fight with AI?

What will help us survive in a world where AI decides everything?

We have built such a complicated civilization, that no one is able to manage it – neither Trump nor Putin, nor the UN, nor the EU, nor anyone else. It is, so to speak, more “incomprehensible”, more complex than the human mind is able to perceive. Even such innovative companies as Facebook and Apple, not to mention other industrial giants, have grown to such extent and are so drowned in their own bureaucracy, that they have become completely unmanageable. The world is becoming more and more complicated with each passing moment, while we are growing dumber and intellectually degraded under the influence of total digital dependence. And as for AI, it is proceeding to storm the intellectual Olympus. Most people tend to underestimate the scale of the coming war. They reassure themselves that in extreme cases, one can quit the Internet and go back 30 years, to fax machines and landlines. Will it be possible to revert back to the past, or will it be too late?

These matters of concerns were considered and answered by psychiatrist, Dr. Andrei Kurpatov, who has been actively promoting psychotherapy for over 20 years. He was the author and host of several programs on the first Russian TV channel. He also managed the “Red Square”, a major television program production company. He founded the “Clinic of psychological counseling and psychotherapeutic treatment” and the intellectual cluster “Mind Games” in St. Petersburg. Dr. Kurpatov has published 30 popular science books on various aspects of human behavior, with total circulation of more than 5 million copies. His books were even translated into eight languages!

Let’s face it – we will never stop using the Internet, unless, of course, there will be some global catastrophe (which is not excluded) resulting in its disconnection. However, I do not think that we will have a real war between mankind and Artificial Intelligence. It will be some kind of hybrid war: Artificial Intelligence will undertake our intellectual tasks step by step, and, accordingly, we will dumb down. A brain without training its intellectual functions, quickly turns into a cabbage.

His last book “The Fourth World War “, caused an incredible reaction. In this book, he describes the outcome of Artificial Intelligence vs. mankind. So, what comes next and how do we survive in the world of machines? What was the purpose of writing “The Fourth World War”? This book was conceived of a series of articles I had written for a major Russian portal. The articles were rather ironic, in fact: on one hand, I described the way modern people have dumbed down; and on the other hand, I showed that Artificial Intelligence is “smarter” than ever. And I was incredibly surprised by the reaction. Although the audience of this online publication was considered to be the most intellectual, commentators began to argue in eager rivalry. So, I decided to change my humorous mood and speak seriously. And not about some distant future, but about what is happening now!

The world is becoming more and more complicated with each passing moment, while we are growing dumber and intellectually degraded under the influence of total digital dependence. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE



WHO will win in this


It is quite possible that we simply will not have time to reach this “superpowerful” AI, which, as Kurzweil promises, should make our life incredible. Most likely, we will get stuck somewhere at the entrance of this technological paradise. We will find ourselves in a world where everything works in the wrong way, some protocols conflict with others, big data turns into meaningless garbage, everything crashes, catastrophes follow one another, and there is no one who is capable of managing it.

This book tells you why artificial intelligence is not fiction, how it works, and why it is smarter than our brains. You will learn how AI thinks, and what the consequences of the latest scientific discoveries are. Will this help you prepare for a new reality? No. However, you will seriously think about what is happening now! 36



In your book “The Fourth World War”, you describe three possible scenarios, and they all are far from happy endings. Do we still have a chance to win control over AI, and if we do, what should humanity undertake today? The unique characteristic of the future, is just our imagination. We don’t know our future; and therefore there may be a lot of probable future forecasts. Good or bad – it does not matter, they can be invented and re-invented in unlimited quantities. Therefore, I honestly do not like forecasts. I prefer to have available facts as a base. The facts prove that technology simplifies human life, and deprives a man of the need to solve complex intellectual problems. We should also consider uncontrolled information consumption — according to Kaspersky Lab, more than 60% of today’s young people (from the US to Russia) are constantly online. All this leads to people’s mind-numbing – “digital dementia”. How do we escape this dead-end? There is a rather extreme method: it is necessary to create intellectual reservation areas, where digital content will be narrowed, and all efforts will be directed to the systematic development of analytical abilities of people from their earliest childhood. It seems to me that the right thing to do now, is not to train a detachment of brave men for a flight to Mars, but a detachment of intellectuals who will be able to maintain the stability of our own civilization when something goes wrong. And the fact that something will go wrong, seems very, very probable to me.

Scientists predict that global robotization will deprive more than 50% of people of their jobs by 2038. Are there any professions that will remain in demand? I think we should consider this issue from a different point of view, as all professions will undergo radical changes in the near future. Some professions will disappear completely, but all other professions will undergo changes (except for hairdressers, maybe). Doctors will require additional skills different from what they have acquired. We will all become just add-on units to complex hardware, and for the most part, I’m afraid, rather dumb add-on units – just its human interface. Therefore, my position is as follows: it is necessary to master your brainwork. Obtain skills of intellectual activity, and only after that, such a person will always be able to adapt to new challenges and succeed in the framework of social competition, which, obviously, will only increase.







I cannot name three ways, but I am ready to tell you about three aspects, which I explain in detail in my new books from the “Academy of Meaning” series.

1st: 2nd: 3rd:

getting rid of digital addiction and limiting information consumption — our brain needs time to think. absolute acceptance of facts about our human nature. While we live in illusions about ourselves and our lives, it is pointless to think. it is necessary to master the skill of “focused thinking”, which I describe in my book “Mind Palace”. But it is a topic for another long conversation.

The main brain’s need...

is to ensure a person’s survival

The book that everyone should read...

“The Brothers Karamazov” by F.M. Dostoevsky

What is the best way to reboot our brain? What are your main weaknesses? What kind of superpower would you like to have? Can one be happy without having any money? Will the next generation be dumber than we are?

What is your main source of motivation and inspiration?

Long aimless wandering Everlasting desire to improve everything To travel in time for research purposes

It is not as easy as you think, even if you have money Unfortunately, I don’t have a high opinion of the intellectual abilities of mankind in general, so there’s nothing to talk about Awareness of my own ignorance


The Perfect Man: defenition: An unknown creature available only in books and movies.

by Lika Emelyanov

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so no doubt that every woman has a different idea of what she finds attractive. Sometime I pick up an issue of People Magazine and wonder, how come Ryan Gosling or Will Smith have never been named “The Sexiest Man Alive”. The term “sexy” in itself can mean something different to different people. Is it a muscular build, a perfect smile, or a good sense of humor?

We asked 10 women of different age and walks of life what a “perfect man” means to them.


Confidence and power. If a man looks like he owns the room, he’s instantly attractive to me. I also pay attention to man’s hands. If a man has big strong hands, I’ll feel fragile and safe when he holds me. Anya A., 34


Sense of humor! Being able to laugh at the stresses of this world is a must! Also, a man gets bonus points if he can actually make me laugh. Humor shows that a man is an optimist and can handle any curve balls life throws at him. Natalie B., 25

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A man should know how to dress. If a guy is stylish and wears something red, he’s irresistible!


Generosity. It goes further than just a dinner at a fivestar restaurant or Gucci shoes. Generosity to me, means man’s willingness to give me his time and attention. Anna M., 32


I have a thing for men in uniform. There is something heroic about guys who do risky things for a living.


Oksana K., 27

When I was 18, I thought the sexiest thing in a man was a bulging back and a three-day stubble. Now, the top sexiest thing in a man is seeing how he plays with our children. A sight like that makes me fall in love with him over and over again. Maria K., 33

I am attracted to older men because they know how to handle a woman. They are wiser, better in conversation, and have more life experience. Elena J., 22

A fit man is a sexy man, the more muscles, the better. Lilia V., 21

Kristina D., 18


I’ll never go on the second date with a guy who is not put together. Personal hygiene and a great style sounds like winner to me. Shoes are especially important. Olga V., 28

For me a “sexy man” is a man, who respects my opinion, even when it differs from his. A real man sees me as his equal, as someone of great value who can grow with him, not someone who is there to feed his ego, give him validation, or be his emotional crutch. He respects everything about me - my opinions, thoughts, and ambitions. Svetlana L., 43

According to our sample group, a perfect man is more than just a buff, well-built, real life version of Brad Pitt. It’s someone who has what it takes to make a woman feel attractive, loved, and secure. We hope you find the one who finds you perfect! 38







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by Olga Garicichina


Paul Borodenko is a self-made businessman who started as a part-time worker at Safeway. After a couple of years, he built three successful companies: Legacy Cleaning Services Spectrum One, Inc. Scavolini Store Roseville

How did your business journey begin?

Did you have a business mentor during your work and studies?

I remember since I was young, I always enjoyed engaging in some sort of business transactions/negotiations with my peers. It was all on the smaller scale, of course, yet I knew it was definitely in me. At the age of 25, I learned some major life lessons. Recovering from my drug-addiction, I successfully completed a Christian based rehabilitation program. I turned my life around 180 degrees and realized my passion was for business. While working parttime at Safeway, I enrolled in a Business Administration program at a private local college (MTI). It was a two-year program and tuition for the first year only was approx. $15,000. Of course, I didn’t have that kind of money at that time, so I had to take out a student loan, which was a huge leap of faith for me. I was able to receive a grant from the Government due to my low income, which covered about half of the tuition’s cost. And then my business journey began... Yes, I had a mentor who helped me in my first business. During my studies, I was offered to work part-time as an administrator for a local construction company owned by a Russian-American. I enjoyed working closely with the owner and learned so much during my time there. Eventually the owner became a good friend and a great mentor. While working for this

This year, Paul received an award as the Best Entrepreneur of the Year by the Russian Speaking Community. How does one start a business without big investments, overcome difficulties and find motivation? This charming and talented businessman, Paul Borodenko, shares his insight.

company I opened up my first business “Legacy Cleaning Services”. I was servicing this company’s projects with postconstruction cleanups. This is how I first started making money as a businessman. Soon after, I realized it was time for me to fully spread my wings and with the owners blessing, in October 2013 I opened up my own Construction Company named Spectrum One, Inc.

What are the main principles to be followed in order to create a successful company?

Many businessmen adhere to the rules of focus. That is, they give all their strength to one project. You have several successful companies: Legacy Services, Spectrum, and Scavolini. How do you manage so many businesses and develop them?


I believe the number one principal for a successful business is integrity. Followed by a good work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile for your team and most importantly, your client!

Absolutely, focus is everything! That is why I would not recommend opening up several businesses all at once. After my first company was well established and had good systems in place, only then I opened up my second company and eventually my third. Having the right people in place, providing incentives so no micromanagement is required and proper systems that allow minimal involvement on my end, allowed me to build and successfully maintain multiple endeavors. A great team and a great structure are the secrets to success!



One famous businessman once said: “ I would not perform a task which can be performed by someone else”. Implying - the only way to own multiple successful businesses and to grow, is to learn how to delegate responsibilities instead of trying to do everything yourself. It’s also very important to understand when the time is right to expand. Many business owners fail because they expanded too fast. So one step at the time!

Are there any peculiarities of doing business in the United States? What mistakes, in your opinion, do Slavic entrepreneurs often make here?

It is imperative when doing business in the USA to follow the laws, rules, and regulations as prescribed for each industry. The biggest mistake I see entrepreneurs make, is neglecting the rules and because of this, they get in trouble. There is a very good saying in the Bible recorded

in Proverbs 17:1 (GNT) Better to eat a dry crust of bread with peace of mind than have a banquet in a house full of trouble.

A well-known Russian proverb says that behind every successful man there is a woman who believes in him. Do you agree with this statement? Does your spouse support you in your projects?




Absolutely agree with this saying! I can’t imagine how I could be successful without the love, acceptance and full support of my better half! My wife is always there for me and helps me tremendously on multiple levels! I am forever grateful to her for being there for me not only when the times are good! We’ve been through so much together... Having a loving and supporting wife is definitely one of the biggest secrets for a successful businessman!

How do you try to spend your free time away from business? What hobbies do you have?

Most of my free time I spend with my family. We take our kids to the movies or places where they can be free and have a good time. We eat out at restaurants, go out of town for a couple of days on regular basis and of course, we never miss our once-a-year 10-day vacation! I believe experiences are more valuable than things. Spending quality time with my family is extremely important to me. My wife and I love going out on romantic dates to share our achievements and challenges with each other. I also enjoy working out at the gym with my personal trainer who pushes me to my limits.

What advice would you give to those who are just looking for a niche and want to start a business? What mistakes can young entrepreneurs try to avoid?

My advice is to learn how to not be afraid to dream big. Many times we limit ourselves because we don’t believe we can achieve something. It’s always scary to make that first step but if you feel it in your heart that this is the path you should take - then go for it! It’s ok to fail and make mistakes - this is the only way you will learn and grow. You must be willing to do the hard work and to stay committed to the end. Set clear goals for yourself and achieve them! Start your business the right way by trying to follow all the rules from the beginning and build a solid foundation. Never fall for a “Get Quick Rich” trap! It takes time to build a profitable and successful operation!

Tell us about your biggest mistake. What did you learn from it?

How much money do you need to be happy?

The biggest mistake I made in my life is when I turned away from God my Heavenly Father. I’ve learned that without Him I can never be happy nor satisfied. Everything is different now - thanks to Him!

The amount of money I have in my bank does not determine my happiness (it can only affect my mood sometimes). What determines my happiness is the piece of mind and joy in my heart. Also knowing how to appreciate and value what I already have. With this said, I am a very happy man already! Money is just a tool it gives opportunities. More money - more opportunities yet with great opportunities come great responsibilities! I strongly believe it is important to use these opportunities wisely and make sure not to forget to invest in the heavenly bank! My belief is after we leave this Earth we won’t be asked how big was our house or what kind of car we drove, but rather what good did we do while living our lives? How many people did we help? Those are the things which will stay with us for eternity and which matter the most!

How did your hobby of training service dogs begin?

Volunteer Puppy-Raiser


Can all dogs be trained to help people with disabilities?



Featured Guest: Irina Green Occupation: Electrical Engineer Hobby: Breeding, Raising & Training Assistance Dogs for People with Disabilities. (all disabilities rather than blind) for the organization Canine Companions for Independence (CCI)

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Many years ago, I had a friend of a friend who was raising and training assistance dogs for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). I asked him to tell me about it and decided that I wanted to do the same. So, I applied to raise and train my first puppy! That was in 2005, and I since have raised 9 service dogs. In 2010, one of the dogs whom I trained, was selected to be a Breeder-Dog for CCI. They select the top two percent of service dogs for breeding, and they selected mine! My husband and I decided to become her Breeder-Caretakers, as they call it. BreederCaretakers provide homes for the Breeder-Dogs, assist with whelping (labor and delivery of puppies), and take care of the puppies for the first seven-and-a-half weeks of their life. So far, we have had eleven litters of puppies born in our house from three breeder-dogs, 73 puppies in all. They went onto training to become service dogs for people with disabilities, some became service dogs, and some are still in training.


I don’t think that you can train any dog to be a service dog. The dogs who we raise and train, are specifically bred for this program. This breeding program exists since 1975, and only the best dogs in the program are selected for breeding. The breederdogs are selected for their temperament, behavior and for their abilities to learn. Therefore, the puppies are already born with the qualities that are needed to be a service dog.

Their training starts with specific exercises when they are only several days old. Also, a lot depends on the dog’s breed. Our dogs are yellow or black Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers or crosses between these breeds. These breeds are most suitable to be service dogs for people with disabilities because they can retrieve and bring things (this is why they are called retrievers), they are hardworking, and they want to please you. Also, they are the right size: large enough to pull a wheelchair or open doors, but not too big to take too much space.

What are the main skills should be trained dog that will help people with disabilities? First, the dog has to be very well behaved and to feel comfortable in any situation and environment. If the owner is deaf, his service dog alerts him to different sounds. If the owner doesn’t have arms, the dog carries his bag and other things for him. In stores, the dog gets his bank card from his wallet, gives it to a cashier, then takes the card and the receipt and puts them back in his wallet. So, what the dogs have to be trained to do depends on her future owner’s needs.

Is it hard to say goodbye to the dog that you raised and trained? We have each dog approximately for a year and a half, and this dog is always with us. The dog who I train, goes to work with me and everywhere where I go, travels with me and they are with me, as they say, 24/7. Of course, you get attached. But then, you know that this dog has a much bigger and more

important purpose in life than to be your pet. They will change someone’s life and will do that in part thanks to you. This makes you very proud when your dog graduates and goes on to help others and enhances their lives.

How has your hobby changed you? I would say that it not only taught me how to train dogs, it has indeed changed me. I became more outgoing because when I am with my dog, people often come up to me and start talking. I made many new friends who have the same hobby. I became more compassionate, more understanding and more patient with different kind of people. I started to appreciate life and my health much more when I was meeting people who are getting our dogs. I realize what a blessing it is to be alive and healthy when there are many others who cannot walk, or talk, or hear, or who live in constant pain.

Are there dangerous dog breeds or is it a myth? I am not an expert here, but I believe that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

What is the need for specially trained dogs? I can tell that the demand for service dogs for people with disabilities is very high, and there is definitely not enough specially trained dogs. People wait for the dogs whom we raise and train for at least two years, some even longer. Many applications for service dogs are denied because there are not enough dogs. Therefore, we need more

volunteers who would do what I am doing: raise puppies and train them, and also participate in taking care of the breederdogs and newborn puppies.

What would you like to change in the field where you are volunteering? We need more volunteers and more professional service dog trainers. To be a professional dog trainer is a very skilled and difficult task; those who do such work are highly educated and very talented. At the same time, their pay is low, and because of that, not many people want to go into this profession. People with disabilities get our dogs for free, the organization doesn’t have any funding, only private donations. While the cost of each our service dog is estimated from $25,000 to $50,000, none of the dog recipients are ever charged even a penny. Thus, the organization needs more money and more donors so that they could have more dog trainers and more service dogs.

The most touching moment in your practice? I think that the most touching moments are when your dog graduates and you go on stage at the graduation ceremony and give your dog’s leash to their new owner, a person whose life your dog will forever change. Then you see this person’s face and how they look at your dog, with such happiness, and pride and hope. This is especially moving when this person is a child. Your dog runs to their new person, to their new life, with the wagging tail, and doesn’t even look back at you. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

Service Dog VS

Trained Dog A regular welltrained pet dog is just that – a well behaved dog. Our service dogs are not only well behaved, but also trained to do certain tasks that a regular pet dog cannot do. They can open and close doors, turn lights on and off, bring things, push wheelchairs, help people to dress and undress. Our dogs can pick up a phone when it is ringing and bring it to you, or even bring things from a refrigerator. For children with autism, service dogs can detect when a child is going to have a tantrum and calm him, or help a child with limitations. There are special types of service dogs, for example, medical alert dogs who can alert people with diabetes if they have low blood sugar, or help alert people with seizures that they are going to have a seizure.



Businesses Voted Best

by Slavic Consumers


The section acknowledges businesses & organizations voted Best for their exceptional services rendered to the Russian-Speaking residents of our region. The winners are selected by the Slavic consumers via community’s most powerful media outlets, such as Russian Observer newspaper, Russian Time Magazine, Russian Business Directory, and community internet hubs.


Lovely Lash US Best Lash Extension Provider WHAT WE DO : SINCE: WE SPEAK:

Luxury Lash Extensions 2012 Russian, English

Our Brand Proudly Offers · Luxurious Look · Natural Feel · Exceptional Quality · Innovative Product · Hypoallergenic Glue · Long-lasting Results · Ethical Approach

The brand has quickly gained recognition in Europe and now has stores, salons and distributors in six countries.

We create products that last longer, look better, and are truly amazing! Lovely was founded in 2012 and quickly became one of the leading luxury lash extension suppliers in Russia. Lovely Lash US is an internationally recognized lashes and beauty accessories brand. In 2018 Lovely Lash US officially opened an office in USA and now distributes their products all over USA and Canada ONLINE at The brand aims to provide the highest quality and most innovative eyelash extension products for a better price. Their representatives travel around the world giving hands-on editorial lash application lessons, judging eyelash competitions, meeting press, and speaking at international events. lovelylashus on photo: Elena Gorbenko

REGA Gymnastics

What We Offer: · Competitive Gymnastics · Competitive Acro Gymnastics · Recreation Gymnastics · Pre-School Gymnastics · Tumbling

Best Gymnastics Academy WHAT: WHERE: WE SPEAK:

Competitive Gymnastics Greater Sacramento Area Russian, English

Our mission is to help each child reach their full-potential and dream big! Yulia Rodina, co-owner

Research proves that engaging in active sports like gymnastics helps children develop strength, flexibility, endurance, and good health for life. Rodina Gymnastics is an elite new academy that offers recreational and competitive gymnastics classes. The academy provides safe and progressive approach to gymnastics and accommodates all fitness levels, from beginner classes to competitive training.

916-564-5300 rodinaelitegymnastics

on phtoto: Yulia Rodina and Eduard Rizvanov, Co-Founders

Benefits of Gymnastics:




The structure of gymnastics lessons teaches children how hard work and dedication pays off.

Training hard and getting good results, gives a good chance for a scholarship, to help students pay for college.

Taking part in gymnastics at a young age can help build the foundations of good muscle strength, endurance, and power.

Our goal is to equip our clients for success. Slavik Shchirov, CEO

photo by: Igor Ilyenko | CoolStyle Productions

What we can do for you

Best Heating & Air Conditioning WHAT WE DO : SINCE: WE SPEAK:

Heating & Air conditioning 2005 Russian, English, Ukrainian

on photo: Slavik Shchirov, and Yuriy Shchirov

Advanced Tax & Accounting Firm Best Tax Preparation Firm WHAT WE DO : SCOPE: WE SPEAK:

Accounting & Tax Business & Personal English, Russian, Ukrainian

916-844-1007 5707 Marconi Ave, #C Carmichael, CA 95608

Kiril Lukichev, Owner

What we can do for you

· Business Accounting · Tax Preparation · Tax Planning · Financial Planning · Business Planning · QB Services We stay on top of technological and legal developments, keeping up to date with most advance accounting software and changes in laws and regulations. We assist our clients with their tax and accounting needs all year long.

We keep our customers above everything else!

A+ Heating

· Service & Repair of Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment · Duct Sealing · Airflow Issues · Air Quality in homes

on photo: Kiril Lukichev, Owner

A Plus Heating is full service HVAC company that offers heating and air installation, maintenance, and repair services for residential and commercial projects. The company has been in business for over 13 years and has been accredited by many satisfied clients. The company also helps their clients optimize their energy consumption by advising on various energy efficiency programs and rebates. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE


A Plus Heating takes pride in utilizing only the best heating and air equipment for their projects.

916-838-3748 916-207-8898


Outside of her profession, Dr. Crooks is a poet and a fine portrait artist. She incorporates her artistic abilities into her dental work every day, always working towards her goal of giving her patients the most naturally attractive smile, in the least invasive and most comfortable manner.


on photo: LDr. Monica Crooks

We Help You Get More Smileage out of Life.

Monica Crooks, DDS

Dr. Monica Crooks

Best Cosmetic Dentistry WHAT WE DO : EXPERIENCE: WE SPEAK:

What We Can Do for You:


Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 20 years English, Spanish

· Veneers · Implants · Invisible Fillings · Root Canals · Crowns · Dentures · Braces


We focus on the comprehensive perfection of dental health, the healthy foundation of gum and bone symmetry, tooth alignment and whitening, and perfection of the lip frame.


Dr. Monica Crooks is a cosmetic and general dentist, dedicated to using her talented eye for detail to enrich your smile and your quality of life. Mastering the ability to do scientific work with an artistic eye, she is at the top of her league, and is your ideal choice when seeking cosmetic or general dental treatment. She focuses on the comprehensive perfection of dental health, the healthy foundation of gum and bone symmetry, tooth alignment and whitening, and perfection of the lip frame. She currently has two practices in Sacramento, CA. 916-922-2027

What We Offer

American Furniture Galleries

· Discounted furniture · Extensive selection · Exceptional quality · Great value · Multilingual service · Financing Options · Interior design tools · Home Delivery

Best Furniture Store WHAT WE DO : WHERE: WE SPEAK:

Four Furniture Showrooms Greater Sacramento Area English, Russian, Spanish

We provide quality brand name furniture at a price you can afford. Jimmy Phan, CEO

AFG is a premier home furnishing retailer with four mega stores conveniently located in the greater Sacramento area. The stores display over 195,000 square feet of name brand living room, family room, bedroom, dining room, youth furniture and home office furnishings covering all price points that fit our community’s budgets. Our buyers shop worldwide to locate the best possible values in home furnishings and guarantee our customers the best prices in the market. American Furniture Galleries’ huge inventory lets you pick up your purchase right away or have it delivered by professional crews within a few days, not months. American Furniture Galleries features four professionally designed showrooms, a 200,000 square foot warehouse, a fleet of 16 delivery trucks, and a staff of over 125 people serving customers since 1991. Coming Soon To Folsom!

on photo: Victoria Orzhekhovsky and Aaron Copeland

American Furniture Locations: Sacramento

Elk Grove


916-681-2811 8001 E. Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95823

916-485-2663 2336 Auburn Blvd Sacramento, CA 95821

Your Real Estate Advisor for Life Irina Pankratova

What We Can Do for You:

Rancho Cordova

916-786-9676 6850 Five Star Blvd, #1 Rocklin, CA 95677

916-608-0924 12178 Tributary Point Dr. Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Royal Spa & Massage Best Spa in Roseville WHAT WE DO : SCOPE: WE SPEAK:

Massage Therapy Face & Body English, Ukrainian, Russian

· Buy · Sell · Negotiate · Consult

on photo: Irina Pankratova

Real Estate Transaction Best Real Estate Specialist WHAT WE DO : EXPERIENCE: WE SPEAK:

Real Estate Transaction 14 years Russian, English

Irina is extremely well respected in the Greater Sacramento area. With over 14 years of experience, she has a great professional track record and high ethical standards. Irina provides her clients with exceptional services through savvy negotiations and cuttingedge marketing strategies as well as uncompromising integrity. 916-276-1624

Royal Spa is a sanctuary in itself, where tranquility meets luxury, and time stands still.

Our Massage Services: · Swedish · Sports · Hot Stones · Deep Tissue · Prenatal · Combination · Couple’s · Foot · Facial

Royal Spa intimate, world-class facilities have been crafted to ensure that every detail provides you with an unparalleled experience. The spa combines the best techniques and products with skilled professionals providing exclusive services to usher you into stillness and relaxation with vitality beyond imagination. They offer a number of signature treatments and package, specially designed to reconnect your mind, body and spirit. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE


Lose yourself in a universe of soothing sounds, invigorating aromas and relaxing touches. 916-299-9000 1850 Douglas Blvd #410 Roseville, CA 95661



As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Almonte has performed over 7,000 successful surgeries, focusing exclusively on surgical procedures of the face.

on photo: Dr. Arnold Almonte

The Almonte Center

For Facial Cosmetic Surgery Best Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center WHAT WE DO : EXPERIENCE: WE SPEAK:

Facial Cosmetic Procedures Over 12 years English, Spanish

Our Services Include: • A-Lift • Brow Lift • Blepharoplasty • Renuvion Skin Resurfacing/ Skin Tightening • Botox • Dermal Fillers • and more…

Dr. Almonte is a gifted surgeon who brings a unique style and artistry that comes from years of practice and studying.

My passion is helping you look on the outside how you feel on the inside. Dr. Arnold Almonte

Dr. Arnold Almonte is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in everything having to do with the face. After receiving his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa, and completing a plastic surgical residency at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Almonte has been in practice for over 12 years. His services range from non-surgical treatments such as Botox and fillers, to facial cosmetic operations done completely under local anesthesia. The mission of The Almonte Center is to provide world class facial plastic surgery by developing individualized cosmetic plans, designed at the initial consultation. Having been a featured plastic surgeon on Fox40 News, a featured expert

on iHeartRadio KFBK1530am, and a recipient of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Style Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Best Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Almonte has certainly built up the kind of credibility anyone would want when seeking facial rejuvenation. While many plastic surgeons operate on multiple body parts, he specializes in the face alone, providing focused, top-notch expertise. Whether it’s a little cosmetic tweak or a full facial restoration, you’re in great hands with Dr. Arnold Almonte. 916-771-2062 californiafacesurgeon

Gateway International School Best International Education Program WHAT : AGE: LANGUAGES:

Public Charter School TK-8th grade English, Russian, Spanish

We challenge our students with a rigorous curriculum and provide support to reach those goals.

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Joi Tikoi, Principal GIS is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School for the primary and middle years programs. This elite program teaches students to be internationally minded, balanced, and reflective. Teachers have special training to use student interests as a basis for instruction. All students receive three free meals a day and free after school programs.

Our Mission Statement:

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What we can do for you

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· Academic tutoring · Access to technology · Bilingual staff · English language support · School counselor · Community resources

To develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Anna Penkov Best Loan Officer

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Titanic Insurance Services Best Insurance Agency WHAT WE DO : EXPERIENCE: WE SPEAK:

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I believe in honesty, integrity, and service beyond expectations. I put my client’s interest fist and help them find a landing solution that fits best. This is easy to do when you represent a leading lender that offers a great range of mortgage services. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE


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Solera Asset Managers Best Financial Advisors WHAT WE DO : COMBINED EXPERIENCE: WE SPEAK:

Financial Planning 39 years English, Russian

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At Solera, we recognize that each client is unique. We provide clients with an alternative to traditional portfolio management. As a full-service financial advisory firm, we provide a fresh perspective to asset management. This approach helps clients protect against catastrophic loss and potentially still grow their portfolio by utilizing a diversified strategy of risk allocation. Solera employs a multitude of strategies, products, and services to help achieve each client’s objective. The individuals we serve understand the benefits of a thoughtfully conceived, carefully managed portfolio based on their specific needs. We often include untraditional assets and we use traditional assets in uncommon ways to help grow portfolios and potentially minimize losses. Combining expertise, resource, and personalized service we provide a productive relationship 916-672-9600 that seeks to create a high value for clients.

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Raisa Fudim Best Mortgage Specialist WHAT WE DO : EXPERIENCE: WE SPEAK:

Home Loans 15 years English, Russian

All my clients get my individual time and attention no matter how busy I am. Raisa Fudim

I consult with every client to develop a personalized plan to meet their short- and long-term home financing goals and objectives. I work to make sure the client’s specific needs are met in the most efficient and expedient manner possible. What makes me unique is my unwavering desire to make the experience of obtaining a mortgage as transparent as possible. I have developed a system based on honesty, accessibility and attention to detail. 503-753-0664

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Custom Granite Memorials 15 years English, Russian, Ukrainian

Albert Ismailyan is a real estate professional with an extensive background in construction and home improvement. Mr. Ismailyan brings his expertise to the table. He evaluates property condition and estimates potential remodeling costs. He can also advise his clients on optimal home improvements that can increase their property value.

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Real Estate 15 years English , Russian, Armenian

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Sergey and Natalie Makhnovskiy with PSM Monuments have proudly served the local community for more than 15 years and helped people through their most stressful and difficult times. They specialize in traditional and custom designed granite memorials. Their main goal is to provide families with a superior memorial that will be there for generations to come. PSM Monuments help people preserve the memories of their loved ones in a beautiful way. PSM is a member of the California Monument Association and a member of the Monument Builders of North America, a reassurance of ethical and honest business practices and commitment to memorial art.



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Community Outreach Academy (COA), together with Gateway Community Charters (GCC), was founded with a commitment to develop the academic ability of its students, while nurturing their appreciation for their rich cultural heritage in relation to global society. In addition to providing a rigorous multicultural curriculum, COA pride itself in fostering quality character education and emphasizes the AAA theme: Academics, Attendance, and Attitude as they interrelate to promote student success.

Community Outreach Academy Best Multicultural Education Program WHAT WE DO : SERVING: WE SPEAK:

Public Charter School Students K-6 English, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish

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Whatever it takes, our kids are worth it! Community Outreach Academy serves kindergarten through 6th grades. The school scores among the highest in the region based on the standardized test results. Besides high academic achievements, children are guided to understand the place they take as citizens in our state and nation. COA provides a bilingual program with a variety of language options. The curriculum features Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian language classes and is designed to develop academic talents, while nurturing students’ appreciation and understanding of their rich cultural heritage. In providing a multicultural education, including curriculum representing the students’ home language and literature, delivered in a supportive environment, the faculty develops students’ ability to apply lessons as they grow and maximize their social, academic, and personal development. 916-286-1950 coaelementary

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EPIC Charter School Best Innovative Learning Program WHAT : SCOPE: LANGUAGES:

Charter School Program K-8th grade English, Russian

We offer a rigorous curriculum in all core areas along with an emphasis on technology and 21st century skills. Nina Semeryuk, Principal

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Empowering Possibilities International Charter Community (EPIC) school is the only International Baccalaureate (IB) candidacy school in the West Sacramento region. The IB program is aimed at developing internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. The program encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners, who understand that other people, with differences, can also be right. Our students learn foreign languages (Russian and Spanish), practice a lot of critical thinking, and extend their knowledge through the lense of music and art.

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Our Programs: · Capturing Kid’s Hearts · Physical Education · Foreign Language · Project GLAD · International Focus · After School Program

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Best Employment Law Firm WHAT WE DO : EXPERIENCE: WE SPEAK:

Employment Law 35 years English, Russian

Our clients come to us in the time of need, when they lost their job for unlawful reasons or have been discriminated against or harassed in the workplace. Mark Velez and Natalya Grunwald

With over 35 years of combined civil litigation experience, Mark and Natalya have successfully represented California employees against major corporations as well as small employers. Mark was ranked # 32 in the State of California as the Top Labor and Employment Attorney and has won millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. Natalya, originally from Siberia, Russia, has a number of higher education diplomas from both Russia and the US. As an employment attorney, she has successfully represented and advised a wide array of employees – from truck drivers 916-774-2720 to doctors and CEOs. In the last two years, Natalya has been focused on representing female employees who 3010 Lava Ridge Ct, Ste 180 have been sexually harassed in the workplace. Roseville, California 95661

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Alexander Ivanov, M.D., is a physician with Sutter Medical Foundation’s neurology department in Sacramento and Yuba City.

“… for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.”

Dr. Alexander Ivanov earned his medical degree from the Military Medical Academy at Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He then studied and conducted research in spine biomechanics at the University of Toledo, OH, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Science. He went on to complete his residencies in Neurological Surgery at the Russian Neurosurgical Research Institute in Saint-Petersburg, Russia and University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. After residency, Dr. Ivanov completed subspecialty training in combined neurosurgery and an orthopedic spine surgery fellowship program in Cleveland Clinic, with focus on all spectrum of the spinal disorders including degenerative, oncological, rheumatologic and infectious diseases.

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