A bear of a man covered with a leather coat and French hat walked into my St.Petersburg apartment yesterday. This
40-year-old was intent on serious discussion. The request for the meeting had come from one of Russia's largest
companies in timber and pulp. They wanted to discuss how to encourage
charitable services and volunteerism among their workers in far away
cities and towns - the "one company" cities, which one occasionally
I had asked for an agenda and had sent my questions for discussion. It was a pleasant surprise that I didn't need to pull information from Denis. He began talking specifically to the points I had requested in my agenda and flooded me with facts regarding their business, their work in far out Russian regions, their 50/50 joint venture with a large American company (2007), the charity the company did during the Soviet years, and their relatively new Fund (2005), which was created solely to promote charity work among their workers.