Sardana Innokentieva: The 2005-2006 Russian Language Associate

13 January 2006
Sardana Innokentieva

Sardana Innokentieva, the Russian language associate for the 2005-2006 academic year, is from Mirny in the Republic of Sakha Yakutia. She majored in English at Mirny Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 2004 with the American equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Before coming to Carleton, she worked for a year at the same institute, teaching second-year students practical English and conversation skills. Eventually, she would like to get her master’s degree in a field such as lexicology, political science, or languages.

Sardana describes herself as “lyuboznatelnaya” or a lover of knowledge. She enjoys being aware of current political events. On an athletic note, she loves to dance. Her favorite pastime, however, is reading. Specifically, she adores Chekhov, Kuprin, Tolstoy, Hemingway, and Balzac.

Sardana is always excited to tell people about her home in Yakutia. To whet your appetite, here is some tantalizing information: Mirny is only about 50 years old, having been founded in 1955. Despite this, however, it has a population of around 60,000 and is famous for its diamonds. This is due to the fact that ALROSA, Russia’s leading diamond-mining company and a business partner of De Beers, is based there. Mirny may be young, but with all those diamonds, it will last forever!