By the way, what's a guy who's able to program such a cool instrument doing in Siberia anyway? I don't have any skills at all, and I still get to live comfortably in Portlandia. That doesn't seem fair, but it's all just a crapshoot, I guess.
Hoping for the best for Boris. . .
First of all Boris grew up in Kurgan so he had family roots there. He thought Moscow was a shithole and I think he preferred the relative isolation, although Kurgan is a fair sized city if you Google it. He also had a family business there (a clothing store) that fell on hard times hence the job change necessity. Plus with the Internet he wasn't as isolated as he would have been a few decades ago. It's a digital global village now.