Vladimir Kvashnin was born in Mongolia but has lived in Siberia for most of his life. He has explored the rivers, lakes and mountains of Siberia and the Russian Far East region as well as Mongolia, and loves designing outdoor and adventure trips from helicopter flights to kayaking on great Lake Baikal. Working with MIR since 1995, Vladimir is now responsible for two MIR offices in Siberia – Ulan-Ude and Irkutsk – covering the area from Novosibirsk south to Tuva and north to Yakutia. His favorite hobbies are traveling and ice-fishing. Vladimir has a commendation from the first Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, honoring him for developing incoming tourism in Russia. He has ardently supported the World Wildlife Fund for the past 20 years, and continues to show his dedication to the preservation of Siberian wildlife as a member of the organization’s Golden Panda Club.
PUBLISHED: August 20, 2012