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In 1955-1963 I attended Leningrad Middle School 170 (grades 1 - 8).

In 1963-1966 I was a student at the Leningrad High School 239. This is a remarkable school, one of the best in Leningrad, with specialization in Mathematics and Physics. See a wikipedia article. I am most grateful to the following three teachers:

Mirra Girshevna Katsnelson, history | Garry Borisovich Akhverdov, mathematics | Victor Kirillovich Kobushkin, physics |

In 1966-1971 I was an (undergraduate) student at the Faculty of
Mathematics and Mechanics (mat-mex), Leningrad State University.

By the end of this period I prepared my first two research papers:

1. Links, two-fold branched coverings and braids;

2. Local knotting of submanifolds

(they were published in 1972 and 1973 in Matem. Sbornik). The latter was
my master thesis.

Then I became an aspirant
(graduate student) at the Department of High Geometry of the same
Faculty.

Both during undergraduate and graduate study, my supervisor was Professor **Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin**. Here are four
pictures of Rokhlin.

I graduated in 1973, a year before the time, in order to fill an assistant professor position at the same Department.

In 1974 I defended a dissertation **"Topological
invariants of branched coverings of manifolds with
boundary"**

for the degree Candidate of Phys.-Mat. Sci. (Ph.D) .

In 1983 I defended the second dissertation (a counter-part of
habilitation),

**"Real algebraic
varieties with prescribed topological properties"**

for the degree of
Doctor of Phys.-Mat. Sci .