Vadim Meshcheryakov was in his mid-30s, working in a stable, well-paid job as a senior vice president at Rosbank, when he realized his life was on the wrong track. It sent him spiraling into a depression that multiple doctors, psychologists and psychoanalysts could not cure.
It is hardly the outcome one might have expected. Meshcheryakov comes from an ordinary family – his father was in the military and his mother was a doctor. When he was a child, his family moved around a lot and lived all over Russia, finally settling down in the Moscow region.
After finishing his military service, Meshcheryakov entered law school, and, while a student, he scraped by washing shop windows, selling newspapers on trains and painting houses. He graduated in 1993, got a job at ONEKSIM Bank, working in the loans department. Later, he became manager of the legal department. He was upwardly mobile, doing well in his career and getting ahead in life. But after over a decade in banking, he suddenly felt that he was at a dead end.
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