ULAN-UDE, EASTERN SIBERIA: Elvira, 16, is a high school student in Ulan-Ude. She said she would like to become a journalist and hopes "to travel and write about people's lives." She said she has never been abroad and would like to visit England.
ULAN-UDE, EASTERN SIBERIA: Sergei, an IT specialist for Russia Post, said his physical appearance began to change three years ago after a stroll with his older sister along 'Arbat Street' in Ulan-Ude. "She told me she wanted a tattoo and I said I wanted one as well. I simply wanted a change in my life." He then got one ... then a second, a third and so one. He has about 30% of his body covered in tattoos, but doesn't plan to stop. "I want to cover my whole body," he said. One of his favorite tattoos is a portrait of singer Marilyn Manson (visible on his arm). Sergei said he loves his job and his colleagues, and that one of his dreams is to take a long road trip by hitchhiking.
CHITA, EASTERN SIBERIA: Dasha, 21, works in a barbershop in Chita, but grew up near Barnaul and lived briefly in Novosibirsk. I asked how she ended up in Chita...Love took her there, she said. Dasha said she met a boy via social media back in 2010. In 2012, at the age of 18, she moved to Chita to be with him. I asked Dasha what her mom, a school English teacher, thought about her move. "She said if that will make me happier, then I should go [to be with him]. Dasha said she prefers Novosibirsk to Chita and will decide where to live when her boyfriend finishes university. Dasha said she wasn't in a rush to tie the knot. "Many girls get married at a young age and then divorce shortly thereafter."