In his home country of Russian, Pavel Lagutin was a successful business professional. Like many immigrants, he has had a difficult time finding employment despite his success abroad. Yet Pavel has not allowed his optimism to wane.
Born in 1979, Mr. Lagutin was raised in the capital city of Moscow. He loved the vast nature experience offered by Russia—the largest country in the world. Pavel earned a master’s degree in marketing and worked as a product manager for several reputable businesses.
After the 2012 presidential election was held in Russia, Pavel became concerned that the country was reverting back to it’s former soviet condition. Together, he and his wife decided to leave in pursuit of a better future for their family. Although he initially wanted to move to Canada, a friend ultimately convinced Mr. Lagutin to immigrate to the United States.
Shortly thereafter, Pavel moved to California. It took some time for him to adjust to the contrast between his country of origin and his new home. Mr. Lagutin felt like he “was lost”; tasks that were easy suddenly became quite difficult. Upon his arrival, he encountered very few Russian immigrants within his community. Since then, he has accumulated a large network of friends with whom he can relate. Mr. Lagutin lives in San Francisco with his wife.