On June 23, 2019 the flag of a distant country, Papua New Guinea, was erected at the highest peak of Russia and Europe by Yuri Emaykin, a successful businessman and a true friend of the Miklouho-Maclay Foundation.
Yuri Emaykin ascended the summit of 5642 meters twice. And the second time he had a special sense and a purpose, which helped him overcome all the difficulties of a very difficult route. Who is this original man, and why did he decide to erect on the highest peak of Russia the flag of distant Papua New Guinea, the country of any Soviet boy’s dreams? We asked Yuri Mikhailovich Emaykin.
– Yuri Mikhailovich, please tell us a little about yourself and why you decided to erect the flag on top of Mountain Elbrus.
I will tell short about me: I was born in 1969 in Leningrad, studied in Leningrad, and then in Saint-Petersburg, then served in the Soviet army. When I got out of the army, I worked as a broker at the stock exchange and in 1994, two of my companions and I organized the investment company: “Lenmontazhstroy”. The company is 25 years old this year, all three founders continue working in it, and the company is still successfully developing. Since 1994 my whole life is about this company. I am married, and we have three children: 10, 8 and 5 years old. As a hobby, I am a fan of historical reconstruction; I am the founder of the Historical Military Club of the French Artillery of Napoleon’s time; and downhill skiing.