Our journey to Russia began in Moscow. It took weeks to lock down the date and time of the most important interview of our trip, President Dmitry Medvedev. What a huge score!
Every detail of our exclusive interviewwas planned in advance. We were asked to go to his residence outside of the city, in Barviha.
Our interview was four in the afternoon on Monday, June 1st. We were onsite way in advance to set up. The President’s security team has a routine that they do, much like those when we interview our president here in the U.S.
We entered the interview room through the back of the house (you can see a nice lake from the backyard). The grounds were well kept, very secure of course. The room where we did the interview was quite dark, mostly furniture made of dark wood and a big fireplace, nevertheless it felt very presidential.
The room next to the interview room was where the two interpreters were set up. They were crucial since the interpreter’s voice was a key component to the interview. We brought in two cameras. Russian Television had three, totaling five. The room was big yet it was packed, five cameramen, two audio engineers, myself and my colleague plus the countless number of people from the offices of the Kremlin. I’d say there were about twenty of us behind the camera.
Maria sat down early to focus for the interview. She was so in the zone she was surprised when President Medvedev walked in the door. The President was very light on his feet, not surrounded by his staff or security. President Medvedev was so very charismatic, greeting all of us with a nod and smile and quickly sat down the chair.