With great regret I’ve removed Alexandra from the list of drivers. It turned out she can’t candle Moscow traffic. She remains however a star of anything related to information search and compilation. Archive work, interviews and reports, or anything else that involves digging through and sorting data. Talk to her if you are looking for information of any sort. Archive work is her particular area of expertise.
In real life she writes popular science articles, compiles biographies of obscure polar scientists, maintains the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve website, and spens June and July climbing cliffs in search of Common Eider eggs that she has been measuring with a Vernier caliper for the last 30 years. A list of her publications, including a section of those at least partly translated into English, is somewhere on her site www.alexandra-goryashko.net
Geographically, she knows well the Russian north, from Karelia and up, and especially the White Sea cost. The Moscow to Kola project would get nowhere without her providing bits of info and prodding me into updating the site once in a while.
Perfectly functional written English. But she will not talk no matter what.