Ilsur Metshin

Ilsur Metshin

The date of birth: April 24, 1969, Nizhnekamsk
Education: In 1992 he graduated from Kazan State University with a degree in law
Scientific degree: PhD in Law
Profession: Lawyer
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Ilsur Metshin was elected as a Mayor of Kazan in 2006. The residents of the city trust Ilsur Metshin and, therefore, have thrice entrusted him with municipality management. During this time Kazan has made an incredible leap in its development, has become one of the most popular and comfortable cities of Russia and received widespread international acclaim. On September 4, 2015 by the decision of the Board of Trustees of the football club "Rubin" Ilsur Metshin was unanimously elected as the new president of FC "Rubin". The Mayor of Kazan has entered into the Executive Committee of the Russian Football Union on September 24, 2016.

Ilsur Metshin serves on the board of the Union of Russian cities and is the chairman of the Association of the cities of Volga region, was elected to the supreme governing body of the party management - the General Council of the party "United Russia". Ilsur Metshin was among Russian representatives in the Chamber of Local Authorities in the Congress of Local and Regional authorities of the Council of Europe's in 2016-2020 years by the order of the President of the Russian Federation. International experts speak highly of the professionalism of the mayor of Kazan. Year in, year out, he has been re-elected to leading positions of major international organizations: the World Organization "United Cities and Local Governments" and the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Ilsur Metshin is also a member of the UN Advisory Board on Local Government. The Mayor of Kazan has been elected as the deputy chairman of the Committee on the topical issues of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) in October 2016.

Numerous international rankings attest to the success and positive dynamics in the development of Kazan. Kazan confidently occupies third place among Russian cities with the best quality of life, according to the Russian Government’s Financial University. The city occupies fourth position in investments in the country, and an authoritative international sports ranking included Kazan in the top 30 cities in terms of sports facilities and the number of hosted major sporting events. According to RBC and the newspaper "Kommersant," the city is in the top 20 best and fastest growing cities in Russia.

In 2014, the international "Fitch Ratings" agency raised the credit rating of Kazan from "B +" to "BB-," confirming it in January 2015 with a positive outlook.

"We are perfectionists To be the best is our tradition. Therefore, we strive to be first on all counts, to seek international recognition and build the global brand Kazan."

In terms of investing in residential real estate, Kazan takes second place among the most promising cities in Russia and is recognized as one of the most attractive destinations for tourism in Russia.

"I am assisted by our people and citizens’ trust, by unity with the policy of the President of the Republic, by my team, which is able to solve world-level problems, and by our common love for our native city. Together we will make Kazan a comfortable, world-class city, the most dynamically developing city in Russia and the capital of new prospects and opportunities."

Childhood, student years, army service

Ilsur Metshin was born in Nizhnekamsk April 24, 1969. He grew up in a working class family; his mother worked as a nurse, his father was an engineer.

"Every family adheres to the traditions and practices that come from parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, no more and no less. We speak our native language, we educate our children the way we were brought up by our own parents."

Ilsur Metshin has two older brothers - Aidar and Airat. The future mayor of Kazan attended Nizhnekamsk Secondary School No.11.

"My childhood was completely happy: I had great teachers, played football and hockey in the schoolyard and had delicious fish cakes in the cafeteria. I had friends and classmates and met my first love, who became the love of my life. But the main thing I learned from school was the understanding of the value of friendship and the necessity to defend the honor of the team.”

As a schoolboy, he at first wanted to become a surgeon, then a pilot. But when time came to determine his future, he chose the legal profession. In 1987, he entered the law department of Kazan State University. In 1988, the law student was drafted in the Soviet Army.

"I was playing in an ensemble. In my opinion, the image of a musician demanded long hair. But when I was drafted, my hair was cut off in front of my future wife. There was a barber shop in Gorky Park, and my mop of hair was gone in a jiffy".
Biography army
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After the service Ilsur Metshin returned to the university. After graduation in 1992, he enrolled in graduate school, and in 1999 he defended his thesis with flying colors in Moscow.

"The main thing our teachers taught us was continuous self-development and the ability to build relationships with people. These are the skills that remain for life, and I am immensely grateful for that to my university professors."

Family

"Happiness ... it’s in your home, you can hold it like this in your hands, and you don’t have to be a big boss to do that".

In personal life, I. Metshin’s priorities are family values, love for the children, respect for elders and a healthy lifestyle.

Ilsur Metshin’s wife, Gulnara, was born in Kazan, but the family moved to Nizhnekamsk, when the town was just beginning to be built and develop.

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From I. Metshin’s memoirs: "I first saw her when I was in sixth grade. I hardly reached her shoulder at the time. I got to know her better when we were in the summer camp "The Seagull".
From Gulnara Metshin’s memoirs: "We went to neighboring schools and lived in the same area of Nizhnekamsk. He was very popular and active. He was so handsome, played the guitar, sang songs, played hockey, football, was secretary of the Komsomol organization, he knew everything. And he was so interesting. I realized that I wanted to spend my whole life with that man. Even then I felt that being next to him was like being behind a stone wall. "

The wedding took place in May 1989. Metshin has four children - three sons (Timur, Tagir, Radmir) and one daughter (Aliya).

"I am very attached to my family. We have breakfast and dinner and spend weekends together. It’s our rule."

Hobbies and interests

In his spare time Ilsur Metshin enjoys playing hockey and football since youth. There was a time he played for the youth hockey team of Nizhnekamsk, and when he headed the Nizhnekamsk administration, he led a team of veterans.

"For me, this is the main outlet. After playing with the puck for an hour and a half, I’m relaxed and can go on with my work."
Biography hobbie
Ilsur Metshin's private photo

Ilsur Metshin loves music.

"I remember a popular band toured Kazan in 1983. I was still a schoolboy living in Nizhnekamsk. Tickets to Kazan cost 5.5 rubles, and admission to the concert was 3.5 rubles. In order to attend it, I worked at a dairy plant for a month earning six rubles. My parents added the remaining amount, and when I came to Kazan I thought there was no happier person than me in the whole world!"

Municipal Service

Ilsur Metshin’s activity has always been associated with municipal matters. It started in 1993 in the administration of the Sovetsky district of Kazan. But after two years the promising employee was appointed head of the administration of the Sovetsky district.

In 1997, Ilsur Metshin was appointed first deputy head of the Vakhitovsky district administration of Tatarstan’s capital - prefect of the "Kazansky Posad" territory.

From 1998 to 2005, Ilsur Metshin headed the administration of Nizhnekamsk and Nizhnekamsk region. Metshin’s main priority as the mayor of Nizhnekamsk was improving citizens’ comfort and quality of life. Up to 90% of the city budget had a social orientation. As a result, during this period Nizhnekamsk became an important cultural and sports center of the republic and was a two-time winner of "the most comfortable city of Russia" title, the first non-capital city to become the cultural capital of the Volga Federal District.

Biography carier
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In November 2005, Ilsur Metshin was elected head of the administration of Kazan; in January 2006, he became the head of the Executive Committee of the city; in March 2006, he was elected head of the municipality; and in October 2010, he was re-elected mayor of Kazan. In September 2015 Ilsur Metshin was re-elected as the Mayor of Kazan.

"People do not divide power into federal, republican and municipal. Waking up, everyone wants to turn on the light and water, to enter the clean hall and courtyard and enjoy beautiful architecture. Greenery, timely garbage collection, quality meals for schoolchildren - all this and a lot more is our responsibility. We are responsible for everything that happens in Kazan."

The capital of prospects and opportunities

"Integrated territorial development is a new trend and the future of urbanism. And that is what we aspire for."
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Ilsur Metshin's private photo

The first thing that the mayor started with in 2006 was the reorganization of garbage collection and city greening.

"For a long time the city was engaged in greening on the left-over principle. We decided that we couldn’t do without a "green revolution." This is what you need, regardless of your income or social strata, whether you’re young or old, conservative or radical, a woman or a man."

As a result, today Kazan is one of the cleanest and most comfortable cities of Russia. Thanks to the successful implementation of city improvement and greening programs such as "100 Gardens," "The Green Record" and "Blossoming Kazan," Kazan secured a place among "The Greenest Cities in Russia."

At the same time Kazan became the first city in Russia which in a short time completely modernized its public transportation and replaced the buses with vehicles of a higher environmental standard, Euro-3.

" Private buses of low capacity were a headache for Kazan. So we set a goal to raise transportation in the capital of Tatarstan to the level of the best Russian and European cities. The transportation is one of the key issues along with water and heat supply, sewage and communications, because they are city arteries. "

In the last five years, the city has added more than 250 km of new roads, carried out the construction of 11 interchanges, and pavement repairs are proceeding non-stop. Thus, every fourth square meter of Kazan roads has been updated.

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Construction of new generation housing with all necessary infrastructure, parking, recreation and promenade areas are an important part of the comprehensive development of the city. From 2006 to 2014, 7.4 million square meters of new housing were built in Kazan.

"Housing is a necessity. As long as faucets are working, Kazan is bustling with life."

The new principles and approaches to updating Kazan housing and communal services applied by Ilsur Metshin resulted in the country’s leadership focusing attention on apartment house overhaul programs. Funding for such programs in Kazan increased seven times.

Housing overhaul in Kazan is proceeding ahead of schedule. The program, designed for 30 years, was launched in 2008. As of 2015, it was 33% complete, which means 1,735 renovated apartment buildings.

Integrated urban development is impossible without taking into account such important areas as health, education and sports.

By launching a “Five-Year Health Plan," along with the implementation of the "Health" national project, Kazan has provided conditions for its inhabitants’ health. Kazan has medical facilities of truly European standards. Almost all city hospitals and clinics have undergone major overhaul and modernization of.

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Ilsur Metshin's private photo

Conditions for year-round sports have been created in Kazan: in 2010, the number of sports facilities in the city was in 1,572, today it is 1,895. The rapid development of the sports infrastructure has become possible due to the World Student Games that were held in Kazan in 2013.

Ilsur Metshin made an invaluable contribution to Russia’s victory in the bidding campaign to host the 27th World Summer Universiade and to the preparation and conduct of world-class student competitions.

The 2013 Kazan Universiade received the highest praise of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and was recognized as one of the most exciting in the history of student games. It greatly raised the prestige of the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and Russia as a whole. Russian President Vladimir Putin named Kazan the sports capital of Russia.

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"From the first days of preparation for the Universiade, we stressed that holding the competition was not an end in itself. The main thing was to give the residents a new quality of life."

Now the legacy of the Universiade is the property of city residents, and the result is obvious: one in three Kazan residents pursues an active lifestyle.

As a result, Kazan has set new birth rate records. For three consecutive years Kazan puts demographic records for births. Over the past 10 years life expectancy in Kazan has exceeded nationwide level and amounted to more than 73 years. Kazan is the steadily growing city.

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Ilsur Metshin's private photo
"The baby boom continues in Kazan. We are pleased with the numbers of the newborn. We see that in the neighboring cities of the Volga region the statistics are completely different. The birth rate growth in Kazan is in no small measure due to our business investments and the presidential program for the construction of kindergartens and affordable housing".

The increase in the birth rate has put on the agenda the issue of preschool availability. For 4 years 81 preschools have been built in Kazan. Currently, all children aged between 3 and 7 are provided with preschool.

Another program, adopted in 2012 at the initiative of the president of the Republic of Tatarstan, made it possible to carry out major repairs in 88 schools were over 30 years old. As a result, 133 Kazan schools built more than 30 years ago have been renovated.

In addition, Kazan became the first city in the Russian Federation which has fully updated the schools by allocating about half a billion rubles from the city budget for subsidized or free meals for disadvantaged children, construction, repairs and purchase of equipment for school canteens. 90% of schoolchildren were provided with school meals.

"Children may have different grades and diligence, but they must eat equally well."

At the start of work as mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin set the creation of tourism industry in Kazan as a priority of municipal development.

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Ilsur Metshin's private photo
"When, in 2006-2007, we launched a program to promote tourism, and after the 1000th anniversary, we hosted 460 thousand tourists a year, we said that number should increase to a million. I remember that there were smiles that were not very confident, but we did it! Therefore, the three million figure is not far off!"

International competitions carrying in Kazan, major cultural events, rich history of the city and its replete business life attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. In 10 years the flow of tourists to the capital of Tatarstan has increased almost four-fold up to 2 million of tourists per year.

"Today Kazan is associated with the Millennium, the Universiade, the "Third Capital" brand, with the Chaliapin and Nureyev festivals, with "Aksyonov-Fest," the "Constellation" children’s festival and with "Ak Bars" and "Rubin" team wins. We are set as an example of a city of peace and tolerance. We have set ourselves ambitious goals: to achieve global recognition of Kazan, to improve its attractiveness for business, tourism and investment and to make the city as comfortable as possible for the residents and guests of the capital. We aim to attract the best minds and talent to transform our Kazan into one of the most flourishing and promising cities in the world."
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  • Childhood, student years, army service

    Ilsur Metshin was born in Nizhnekamsk April 24, 1969. He grew up in a working class family; his mother worked as a nurse, his father was an engineer.

    "Every family adheres to the traditions and practices that come from parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, no more and no less. We speak our native language, we educate our children the way we were brought up by our own parents."

    Ilsur Metshin has two older brothers - Aidar and Airat. The future mayor of Kazan attended Nizhnekamsk Secondary School No.11.

    "My childhood was completely happy: I had great teachers, played football and hockey in the schoolyard and had delicious fish cakes in the cafeteria. I had friends and classmates and met my first love, who became the love of my life. But the main thing I learned from school was the understanding of the value of friendship and the necessity to defend the honor of the team.”

    As a schoolboy, he at first wanted to become a surgeon, then a pilot. But when time came to determine his future, he chose the legal profession. In 1987, he entered the law department of Kazan State University. In 1988, the law student was drafted in the Soviet Army.

    "I was playing in an ensemble. In my opinion, the image of a musician demanded long hair. But when I was drafted, my hair was cut off in front of my future wife. There was a barber shop in Gorky Park, and my mop of hair was gone in a jiffy".
    Biography army
    Ilsur Metshin's private photo

    After the service Ilsur Metshin returned to the university. After graduation in 1992, he enrolled in graduate school, and in 1999 he defended his thesis with flying colors in Moscow.

    "The main thing our teachers taught us was continuous self-development and the ability to build relationships with people. These are the skills that remain for life, and I am immensely grateful for that to my university professors."
  • Family
    "Happiness ... it’s in your home, you can hold it like this in your hands, and you don’t have to be a big boss to do that".

    In personal life, I. Metshin’s priorities are family values, love for the children, respect for elders and a healthy lifestyle.

    Ilsur Metshin’s wife, Gulnara, was born in Kazan, but the family moved to Nizhnekamsk, when the town was just beginning to be built and develop.

    Biography family 01
    Ilsur Metshin's private photo
    From I. Metshin’s memoirs: "I first saw her when I was in sixth grade. I hardly reached her shoulder at the time. I got to know her better when we were in the summer camp "The Seagull".
    From Gulnara Metshin’s memoirs: "We went to neighboring schools and lived in the same area of Nizhnekamsk. He was very popular and active. He was so handsome, played the guitar, sang songs, played hockey, football, was secretary of the Komsomol organization, he knew everything. And he was so interesting. I realized that I wanted to spend my whole life with that man. Even then I felt that being next to him was like being behind a stone wall. "

    The wedding took place in May 1989. Metshin has four children - three sons (Timur, Tagir, Radmir) and one daughter (Aliya).

    "I am very attached to my family. We have breakfast and dinner and spend weekends together. It’s our rule."
  • Hobbies and interests

    In his spare time Ilsur Metshin enjoys playing hockey and football since youth. There was a time he played for the youth hockey team of Nizhnekamsk, and when he headed the Nizhnekamsk administration, he led a team of veterans.

    "For me, this is the main outlet. After playing with the puck for an hour and a half, I’m relaxed and can go on with my work."
    Biography hobbie
    Ilsur Metshin's private photo

    Ilsur Metshin loves music.

    "I remember a popular band toured Kazan in 1983. I was still a schoolboy living in Nizhnekamsk. Tickets to Kazan cost 5.5 rubles, and admission to the concert was 3.5 rubles. In order to attend it, I worked at a dairy plant for a month earning six rubles. My parents added the remaining amount, and when I came to Kazan I thought there was no happier person than me in the whole world!"
  • Municipal Service

    Ilsur Metshin’s activity has always been associated with municipal matters. It started in 1993 in the administration of the Sovetsky district of Kazan. But after two years the promising employee was appointed head of the administration of the Sovetsky district.

    In 1997, Ilsur Metshin was appointed first deputy head of the Vakhitovsky district administration of Tatarstan’s capital - prefect of the "Kazansky Posad" territory.

    From 1998 to 2005, Ilsur Metshin headed the administration of Nizhnekamsk and Nizhnekamsk region. Metshin’s main priority as the mayor of Nizhnekamsk was improving citizens’ comfort and quality of life. Up to 90% of the city budget had a social orientation. As a result, during this period Nizhnekamsk became an important cultural and sports center of the republic and was a two-time winner of "the most comfortable city of Russia" title, the first non-capital city to become the cultural capital of the Volga Federal District.

    Biography carier
    Ilsur Metshin's private photo

    In November 2005, Ilsur Metshin was elected head of the administration of Kazan; in January 2006, he became the head of the Executive Committee of the city; in March 2006, he was elected head of the municipality; and in October 2010, he was re-elected mayor of Kazan. In September 2015 Ilsur Metshin was re-elected as the Mayor of Kazan.

    "People do not divide power into federal, republican and municipal. Waking up, everyone wants to turn on the light and water, to enter the clean hall and courtyard and enjoy beautiful architecture. Greenery, timely garbage collection, quality meals for schoolchildren - all this and a lot more is our responsibility. We are responsible for everything that happens in Kazan."
  • The capital of prospects and opportunities
    "Integrated territorial development is a new trend and the future of urbanism. And that is what we aspire for."
    Biography kazan 01
    Ilsur Metshin's private photo

    The first thing that the mayor started with in 2006 was the reorganization of garbage collection and city greening.

    "For a long time the city was engaged in greening on the left-over principle. We decided that we couldn’t do without a "green revolution." This is what you need, regardless of your income or social strata, whether you’re young or old, conservative or radical, a woman or a man."

    As a result, today Kazan is one of the cleanest and most comfortable cities of Russia. Thanks to the successful implementation of city improvement and greening programs such as "100 Gardens," "The Green Record" and "Blossoming Kazan," Kazan secured a place among "The Greenest Cities in Russia."

    At the same time Kazan became the first city in Russia which in a short time completely modernized its public transportation and replaced the buses with vehicles of a higher environmental standard, Euro-3.

    " Private buses of low capacity were a headache for Kazan. So we set a goal to raise transportation in the capital of Tatarstan to the level of the best Russian and European cities. The transportation is one of the key issues along with water and heat supply, sewage and communications, because they are city arteries. "

    In the last five years, the city has added more than 250 km of new roads, carried out the construction of 11 interchanges, and pavement repairs are proceeding non-stop. Thus, every fourth square meter of Kazan roads has been updated.

    Biography kazan 02
    Ilsur Metshin's private photo

    Construction of new generation housing with all necessary infrastructure, parking, recreation and promenade areas are an important part of the comprehensive development of the city. From 2006 to 2014, 7.4 million square meters of new housing were built in Kazan.

    "Housing is a necessity. As long as faucets are working, Kazan is bustling with life."

    The new principles and approaches to updating Kazan housing and communal services applied by Ilsur Metshin resulted in the country’s leadership focusing attention on apartment house overhaul programs. Funding for such programs in Kazan increased seven times.

    Housing overhaul in Kazan is proceeding ahead of schedule. The program, designed for 30 years, was launched in 2008. As of 2015, it was 33% complete, which means 1,735 renovated apartment buildings.

    Integrated urban development is impossible without taking into account such important areas as health, education and sports.

    By launching a “Five-Year Health Plan," along with the implementation of the "Health" national project, Kazan has provided conditions for its inhabitants’ health. Kazan has medical facilities of truly European standards. Almost all city hospitals and clinics have undergone major overhaul and modernization of.

    Biography kazan 08
    Ilsur Metshin's private photo

    Conditions for year-round sports have been created in Kazan: in 2010, the number of sports facilities in the city was in 1,572, today it is 1,895. The rapid development of the sports infrastructure has become possible due to the World Student Games that were held in Kazan in 2013.

    Ilsur Metshin made an invaluable contribution to Russia’s victory in the bidding campaign to host the 27th World Summer Universiade and to the preparation and conduct of world-class student competitions.

    The 2013 Kazan Universiade received the highest praise of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and was recognized as one of the most exciting in the history of student games. It greatly raised the prestige of the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and Russia as a whole. Russian President Vladimir Putin named Kazan the sports capital of Russia.

    Biography kazan 04
    Ilsur Metshin's private photo
    "From the first days of preparation for the Universiade, we stressed that holding the competition was not an end in itself. The main thing was to give the residents a new quality of life."

    Now the legacy of the Universiade is the property of city residents, and the result is obvious: one in three Kazan residents pursues an active lifestyle.

    As a result, Kazan has set new birth rate records. For three consecutive years Kazan puts demographic records for births. Over the past 10 years life expectancy in Kazan has exceeded nationwide level and amounted to more than 73 years. Kazan is the steadily growing city.

    Biography kazan 05
    Ilsur Metshin's private photo
    "The baby boom continues in Kazan. We are pleased with the numbers of the newborn. We see that in the neighboring cities of the Volga region the statistics are completely different. The birth rate growth in Kazan is in no small measure due to our business investments and the presidential program for the construction of kindergartens and affordable housing".

    The increase in the birth rate has put on the agenda the issue of preschool availability. For 4 years 81 preschools have been built in Kazan. Currently, all children aged between 3 and 7 are provided with preschool.

    Another program, adopted in 2012 at the initiative of the president of the Republic of Tatarstan, made it possible to carry out major repairs in 88 schools were over 30 years old. As a result, 133 Kazan schools built more than 30 years ago have been renovated.

    In addition, Kazan became the first city in the Russian Federation which has fully updated the schools by allocating about half a billion rubles from the city budget for subsidized or free meals for disadvantaged children, construction, repairs and purchase of equipment for school canteens. 90% of schoolchildren were provided with school meals.

    "Children may have different grades and diligence, but they must eat equally well."

    At the start of work as mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin set the creation of tourism industry in Kazan as a priority of municipal development.

    Biography kazan 06
    Ilsur Metshin's private photo
    "When, in 2006-2007, we launched a program to promote tourism, and after the 1000th anniversary, we hosted 460 thousand tourists a year, we said that number should increase to a million. I remember that there were smiles that were not very confident, but we did it! Therefore, the three million figure is not far off!"

    International competitions carrying in Kazan, major cultural events, rich history of the city and its replete business life attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. In 10 years the flow of tourists to the capital of Tatarstan has increased almost four-fold up to 2 million of tourists per year.

    "Today Kazan is associated with the Millennium, the Universiade, the "Third Capital" brand, with the Chaliapin and Nureyev festivals, with "Aksyonov-Fest," the "Constellation" children’s festival and with "Ak Bars" and "Rubin" team wins. We are set as an example of a city of peace and tolerance. We have set ourselves ambitious goals: to achieve global recognition of Kazan, to improve its attractiveness for business, tourism and investment and to make the city as comfortable as possible for the residents and guests of the capital. We aim to attract the best minds and talent to transform our Kazan into one of the most flourishing and promising cities in the world."
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    Ilsur Metshin's private photo
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