In 1990 Yuri was an editor at Radio Moscow. In 1991 he bought a government license for $300 to begin a private radio station, which later became the most popular rock station in Moscow. He got a car and chauffeur, took expensive foreign vacations, and hosted 20 friends at nightclubs on weekends. He later sold the station for a hefty profit. Today he runs an Internet radio station www.101.ru.
||Yuri says there's no going back to the old socialist system and that free market capitalism, despite its problems, offers the best hope for the new Russia.||
||I never thought I would ever drink vodka with the Scorpions, one of the world's most popular rock bands.||
||Private radio station? Who could have even dreamed about it?!||
||Before 1991 I could never have taken a vacation to the United States. Now, here I am looking out over America. And what's more, I'm flying in a plane over Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.||
||Now I have a chance to learn to fly a plane here, in my country.||
||The restored giant cathedral of Christ The Savior. It was built in the 19th century on donations from thousands of Russians to commemorate the victory over France during the Napoleonic era. Then Stalin ordered its destruction, and then it was restored in the 1990s. Interestingly enough, I can see this cathedral from my new apartment's windows.||
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