Chief Artist (1999-2019)
people's Artist of the Russian Federation
«I think animation has no mystical moment in it. However, the puppet theater has. In the cinema, everything is flat, it is only a drawing on paper. But a puppet ... There is something mystical in a puppet. A puppet is immersed in space, visible from all sides, moves like a living being - a person or an animal. This is the main mystery of a puppet».