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                People who have achieved the big successes in business, have earned millions, inspire respect. However, it is rare to whom from them it is possible to stop and tell: Money it is earned enough, now it is possible to be engaged in favourite business . That can push to such decision, the correspondent Money to Elena Kovalevoj the founder of the paging company largest in Russia " has told; Mobile a Telecom Lev Dajchik. which has sold all and became the photographer.

                - Whom you were at the Soviet power?
- Before leaving in business, I have spent 18 years in MIREA: at first the student, then the post-graduate student, and eventually the senior lecturer. Worked on computer facilities chair, went to campaigns, was engaged karate, married, has given birth to the son. In general, I had an interesting and clear life. After all than the Soviet system - the predictability was good. I accurately understood that if I will remain on chair through any time I will write doctor`s, and then and the professor to a camp. In 36 years I have protected the master`s thesis so I could not rank myself as young ingenious scientists. I understood that there is a certain width a path on which it is possible to go and where - that to rise. Here on this way I also have passed any part. And then, when reorganisation has begun, I have seen that there was also other life in which depends on you personally much more.
- it became curious?
- it became curious. And I have left, plainly without understanding where. During that moment I at all did not know, when I will earn next time on a bread piece. And anybody plainly did not know then as business to build. In general, we studied, and it was very interesting. In addition my enthusiasm has been still very well supported by absence of material means - the senior lecturer received in those days 250 roubles, and it was necessary to me not only is, but also to grow up the son. I organised beauty contests, tried to collect computers, to sell paleh to Frenchmen, in cement traded and even has made together with friends the small company on high technologies in improving medicine.
- and how you have appeared in telecommunication business?
- All was very simple. My closest friend living in America, has suggested to make the paging company together with two more friends. I have come to the Ministry of Communications and have issued the licence. By the time of creation of ours Mobile a Telecom in 1994 in Russia already was two large paging companies: Vesolink and radiopejdzh . Therefore we had not to explain to people that such a pager. Business then was superprofitable because the requirement for communication was very sharp. Mobile phones have appeared much later, and the pager was very accessible service. We have sat down on a crest of a wave and have come forward.
- and where you took money for creation Mobile of a Telecom ?
- we had investors are our partners, friends and founders of the company. And at me the money at all was not. In this sense to me has carried. When I entered into business, a barrier vhodimosti was very low. It now to construct serious business, money is necessary much. Simply to begin with idea and naked enthusiasm already it is impossible. And then that something to start to do, it was necessary nothing. My work was my contribution to the company. And, seemingly, I have fulfilled the contribution.
- when you have decided to leave business?
- In 1998 on the eve of a default we have sold 50 % of the company of American company Metromedia Int. Among the sold actions there were also I (just half of that I owned). It was the amazing history. The transaction was in July, 1998. Americans still were surprised, why we sell the company, after all at all of us it was good, the company grew. And we have decided to have the insurance just in case. At us the whole empire has been built: the announcement extended on 350 cities in Russia, and we had very good infrastructure that further something to build.
- that is you knew about a coming default?
- If I knew that there will be a default at me money it would be essential more than now. I know some children who have earned on it billions. But, unfortunately, I did not participate in this campaign. Simply we felt any uneasiness in the market, and it was clear that in the market there can be something.
- and why nevertheless you have decided to leave the company?
- As wrote About ` Henry, the trust can burst only from within. Here we had a command which worked, and then it has ceased to exist.
- after your leaving or before?
- the Complicated question, as about egg and a hen. Joint business - a piece always uneasy. When I in 1999 have made a resignation from a post of the general director Mobile of a Telecom it has caused shock in the company. And any time my words that I any more do not want and I will not be, were not perceived at all seriously by shareholders. Simply during that moment I have felt that the former sports spirit on earning money at me has already passed. After all at first people earn money that is, and then to become rich. And I already had a strip in life when I earned money faster, than realised that I do. And during any moment I have understood that the yacht at somebody will be all the same longer, and the house is more, and here has suddenly realised that this party of a question me does not interest. In 1999 I have left from a post of the general director, but as I remained the shareholder, I any time worked in board of directors.
- when you definitively left a share Mobile of a Telecom ?
- Ridiculously to tell, but today I at all do not know, whether there are at me actions in the company or not. It is foreign investors to understand never, of course. I at all do not know, whether there is legally today my company or not. Simply I have decided to leave for good the world of telecommunications - and have left.
- well, and how many you to yourselves have earned on pension ? Name at least an order of figures...
- Today at me good apartment in Moscow, a good summer residence in a prestigious direction. Certainly, there are also accumulation which allow me to look optimistically in tomorrow.
- and where you invested the means?
- I the most bad expert in investment of means. At me price kretinizm: I never know that how many costs. It was peculiar to me, even when I was the successful businessman.
- as so it has turned out, what after the paging company you suddenly became the photographer?
- When I left business, I did not have any concrete plans concerning that, than I will be engaged. At first after dismissal I had simply a rest: it was possible to get up late, nobody called, nothing burnt, any work involving all hands. But in some months I have understood that further so I can not, it not life, it is necessary to do something. That itself with something to occupy, I have gone to photo Academy, but thoughts that the studio on Pure ponds from this will turn out, at me then was not. To me has very much carried with the teacher. It was the first class which was typed by Vadim Piskarev. It has lighted us a photo. I have bought the professional device with which has started to go on the world and to remove. And then I equipped to myself a photographic studio on a summer residence. All is good, only there is nobody to remove there. What normal, healthy person will go for a city on another`s summer residence to be photographed? Though the first cover for magazine Happy parents I have removed at myself in studio on a summer residence. Yes, and still I there had a photosession with poet Yury Entinym: he/she is mine the neighbour in a summer residence.
- tell, and, having turned from a hobby to work, the photo has not lost for you the appeal?
- Someone from great has told once that the photo is very good hobby, but very bad trade. In it, certainly, there is a lot of truth. Money in a photo - in advertising. And it is extremely difficult, laborious and for the majority of people rutinno not taken out work. Puzyrechek have put - have removed. And such puzyrechkov professionals remove in day on 200 - 300 pieces. Also it is necessary to be very presented person that each of these pictures continued to bring to you pleasure. After all I photograph first of all from - that it to me brings pleasure. It is unconditional, difficult to make so that the routine thing remained favourite.
- to you it was possible?
- I in general the happy person as my previous life has allowed me not to think of many things. And I presume to choose what I would like and it is pleasant to be engaged. Here I very much like to do human portraits, and it not the most profitable piece of this market. But I meaningly go on it though I do not forget that I should pay rent, periodically to update phototechnics park, and this all expenses, and, certainly, on it I earn money.
- and what remains, it is possible to live or not?
- Perhaps that is possible. Though for all on - to a miscellaneous. Vagabonds too as - that live and happen happy. We now live with the wife together, the son already adult and works for us. In general, suffices.
- at you it is a lot of Clients, after all at you even signboards are not present?
- And what for a signboard? Does not happen so that the person goes on parkway and here unexpectedly solves: About, give - ka I to myself will make a portrait! to a portrait it is necessary to ripen. At some on it leaves and some years.
- how many shootings in a week for you it is good?
- If to speak about a portfolio for actors such in a week the person five - six can come, and them, in general - that, all can be finished shooting for a day. As a rule, from such shooting you will be dog-tired and you will not receive pleasure, and money for it pay a little. And here it is good, in my understanding, - at all always from the point of view of money, and more likely as a hobby are two - three photosessions within a week. I would tell that portrait creation brings two pleasures. The first arises almost always when I give works to the client and I see that pictures are pleasant to it. Eyes of the happy client is big pleasure for the sake of which it is necessary to be tired. And the second pleasure arises when you understand that you have made professionally correct work.
- and it is frequent?
It is, of course, more rare, much more rare.
- here for five years how many good pictures you have made?
- you know, at me representation that such a good photo constantly changes. At various times I love different pictures. I very emotional person. Moreover, I have a rule: not to estimate a picture at once. It is necessary, that they have lain down any time, and then already I choose the favourite from the finished shooting pictures. Certainly, happens also such that I am absolutely dissatisfied with a photo, but such happens very seldom. I remember such failure when removed a group portrait of a family. Technologically (all over the world, on a composition) I have made all correctly. Good, professionally sound work has turned out, but the in itself picture left very bad. And there was it because all serious problems which worried then this family were reflected in it. And it is bad. But, as today we remove on figure instead of on a film, does not happen such that we have finished session, and any good picture is not present. I will not release model until it will turn out a sound photo.
- fine it turns out: you are always happy with the result. It is possible to draw from this a conclusion, what the photo is easier and easier, than the big business?
- is not easier and not easier is absolutely another, and it cannot be compared.
- but in comparison with your former work in a photo you remain are happy more often?
- I now lead more correct life, than I lived then. I get enough sleep, go in for sports and do that is pleasant to me. And that is not pleasant to me, I do not do.
- Happens, what you refuse to someone shooting?
- I approach to this question as to test: whether I to this person can to make a portrait or I can not. Therefore a portrait I do not refuse to anybody even if I something do not like the person.
- and why a portrait, instead of the reporting?
- I remove portraits and landscapes when we with the wife yacht. And reportazhku, in my opinion, it is necessary to remove or in flashpoints to what I am not ready, or from Putin`s office, but there me do not call. Besides legal reportazhku to remove it is uninteresting. And in portrait shooting I like first of all process of photographing. After all at first we with the person start to talk, learn each other, and then to mould different images. It is very interesting.
- that you feel, when see photos better the, or such are not present?
- Certainly, such is. But I do not feel from it neither a grief, nor tragedy. I understand that never I will become the greatest and best photographer in the world. And in relation to itself the following rule works for me: I should grow over myself, and each new picture should be better than the previous. In a photo there is very big component of public relations. And the person costs exactly so much, for how many can sell itself. There are great, eminent photographers who do ordinary, craft work. And there are fans who remove ingenious cards to which I never will grow but about which very few people knows.
- for five years of work in a photo you yet do not send by that moment when already something is to be changed?
- Is not present, it seems to me that all only begins. Work with people hardly can bother. Besides and a position at you there another, more comfortable. And in business it turned out so: or I the chief also should force to do people that I consider it necessary. Or I the competitor, also am struggle, and to struggle I more too I do not want. We very hazardously built Mobile a Telecom . We would like to earn even not so much money, how many to be the first, to overtake all. But this passion has passed. And business is even not elderly. Simply to compete I any more I do not want. Though, certainly, and in a photo these too can be engaged in a pursuit of a recognition. To me, of course, not all the same, people know me or not. But today I am already ready to do not all, that it to receive. In my opinion, it is necessary to do that you consider it necessary. But the decision should be accepted when doubts and questions to marry or not to marry does not remain.