Rostislav Ordovskiy-tanaevskiy Blanko
Date of Birth: 11/30/1958
Birthplace: Caracas (Venezuela)
Born November 30, 1958 in the capital of the Republic of Venezuela in Caracas. A professional businessman, is fluent in four languages.
In the male line Rostislav belongs to the ancient gentry family Tanaevsky, the emblem of the Swan, from the Minsk province, known since the end of the XVI century. The female line (grandmother) - to another gentry family, above Quinto, emblem Drya, Vilnius province of the Great Duchy of Lithuania. Wojciech Quinto is inscribed in the book "Lithuanian metrics" for 1528 year. The signatures of two ancestors Rostislav stand under an act of the election of the Polish King John III at the Diet in 1674: Nikolai Tanayevsky and Andrzej Quinto.
His great-grandfather on the paternal side, Nikolai Ordovsky-Tanayevsky whole life was in the public service and the February Revolution met at the post of the governor of Tobolsk in the rank of the actual state councilor. He was arrested by the KGB in 1918, the so-called list of officers, sitting in the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. "Izvestia" newspaper published his name in the list of the executed in response to the murder of Uritsky. But he "mistakenly" alive, it just "moved" on a barge in Kronstadt. In late 1918, he managed to escape from the Bolsheviks to Serbia, where he was ordained, then the veil, which was followed by a monk in the great schema named Nicodemus. Nikolai died in Germany for 8 years before the birth of Rostislav.
His son, Nicholas, was an officer in combat throughout the first world war, then the whole civil. During the retreat of the white parts in Romania at the hands of his mother froze firstborn Nicholas. Son Vadim was born in Serbia in 1924. He grew up under the great influence of his grandfather. The manuscript of the memoirs about life in old Russia, written by the former governor at the urging of his grandson, became a family heirloom, and brought many Ordovsky-Tanaevsky in love to the lost, seemed forever, the Fatherland.
It was at a time when other Ordovsky-Tanaevsky brought up in the love of the Soviet Motherland and hatred to all who do not profess socialist ideas and lives "in the accursed West". And to be sure education "cut off" part of the family, the basic, leaving all her heirs only Ordovsky. But life is life, and she continued on both sides of the "iron curtain", although the name of the member for almost 60 years - from 1930 to the end of the 1980s - did not know anything about each other.
When in 1945 silenced the guns of the Second World and it is time to look around, "foreign" part of the family was in Germany. Vadim began studying to be a dentist, but the main business of his life, he considered the publication of books by Russian authors. "My job was to collect money and publish a good book. I myself have almost nothing on it did not earn," - he recalled later. Then he began to publish the magazine in Russian - "Reality".
Once arrived at the publishing business in Paris, Vadim was in a police raid. Being stateless and Russian by birth, he was commissioned by the French in the Soviet Embassy, ??which was in those days a real prison for these poor fellows. He was taken to a military aircraft in the Soviet zone in Germany, where they engaged in SMERSH - military counterintelligence. After a short interrogation, Vadim Nikolayevich brought to execution. Divine Providence, he was saved: the prison came a certain boss, action was postponed until tomorrow night and miraculously he managed to escape.
Like many Russian immigrants, the young man realized that to continue to live in Europe, life-threatening. He sent an application for a visa at the consulates of many countries. First in 1948, he responded to Venezuela. They had to start from scratch, because he had in his pocket only the money that had to make a dentist until the ship crossed the Atlantic. Upon arrival, Vadim worked as a dentist. Then he started a family. His choice was Genoveva, nee Blanco, a native of Spain. After the Civil War, at the age of 21, she came to Venezuela with six brothers and sisters in search of a new life. And married a Russian. Through her entrepreneurial abilities of the young family soon opened his business in the field of trade and production of furniture, creating one of the largest trading houses in Venezuela - "Cadenas Komersiales".
Russian colony in Venezuela was a small, but quite cohesive. "Colonists" on their money built several churches, when they opened a parish school. One of them gave the couple`s son, Rostislav, who was brought up in the Russian spirit. It is noteworthy that today Rostislav recognizes the important role in this process because of its Spanish-speaking mother, who strived to his Russian upbringing, understanding that the Spanish language and culture, and so he gets.
And Vadim has created and for many years headed the Venezuelan branch ORYR (Organization of Russian Young Pathfinders - a successor of the first Scout troop, founded in 1909 O.I.Pantyuhovym Pavlovsk), where Russian children who were born in a foreign country, learning the Russian soul, its history and faith, art and literature, which are carefully stored. Russian idea - that`s the main thing that was in his life. Sunday`s sermon in church, Scouts with their motto "Always ready! For Russia!", Balls, arranged by Russian immigrants - that`s the wonderful island of handmade Russia in a tropical country, to nurture the future a brilliant businessman Rostislav Ordovsky-Tanaevsky carried out the hope of thousands of involuntary exiles - BACK ... on any celebration of their first toast was "For Russia! During a meeting on home soil!" 70 years in a row, on all continents, from Harbin to Caracas.
From early childhood, Rostislav was trained in Russian all subjects which are usually taught in pre-revolutionary Russia: the Law of God, Russian history, language and literature. In Caracas, he graduated from the 10-year-old church-prihodskuyurusskuyu school. The British School of St George`s, he began to learn English. Then he was transferred to the German school "Humboldt Schule". At age 13 he was accepted into the highest military school of Venezuela "Mariscal de Ayacucho", from which he graduated with the highest grades, received the rank of brigadier first, the second rank in the hierarchy of the military academy. In 1978, 20-year-old Rostislav award was presented to the Venezuelan Ministry of Defense for his achievements in the study of military and civilian disciplines. He also won the competition for a scholarship to study at the university.
In 1981, Rostislav graduated from one of the best Venezuelan university - Simon Bolivar, with a degree in chemical engineering. By this time his business career spans four full years: irrepressible Venezuelan boy, the son of immigrants, teaches at the university, combining the hard work not only with education but also with commercial activities - distribution and selling first book, and then the latest electronics company " Pioneer "and other consumer electronics.
In these years it begins to show one of the main features of his character, inherited from the mother, the highest performance, the amazing rapport and interest in everything new. Apparently, he already felt that he wanted to try it himself. Anything is possible, while there is still behind the support of parents. He begins to discover the world of business, having started from a tiny country. True, it was a country whose inhabitants, as they themselves say, "fell from a palm tree right in the" Mercedes ". In Venezuela, were found huge reserves of oil. With this was connected Rostislav first choice of profession.
After graduation, Rostislav went to teach a course in chemical engineering at the Polytechnic College of the Ministry of Defence and the University of "Metropolitan" and with all the "Spanish" passion plunged into entrepreneurship. During these years, he completed several courses and special programs on management, finance, business administration, philosophy and psychology.
In 1981, Rostislav first founded his own company - "Rostik International" ( "Rostik International"), which is still in effect. With this company, he expanded the import of electronics and distribution activities, including retail sales, as a result of becoming one of the most important South American customers of firms Panasonic, Pioneer, Moulinex, TDK and Kodak. Together with his cousin Constantine Ordovsky-Tanaevsky he began to distribute the US medical equipment. So to gain experience at the international level. He was 23 years old.
Holding "Rostik International" I was engaged in leasing and consulting on financial matters; I had a total factory making women`s clothing and implemented it; a small shoe store in the "Hilton" for mom and her sisters; carried out the production and distribution of a full range of contact lenses and other optics. Rostislav with three partners in a joint venture with Kodak Venezuela has received exclusive rights representation Walt Disney Production, owning the most modern studio Venezuela, equipped with all the necessary equipment for duplicating, production and editing subtitles, as well as in the amount of up to 3600 copies per day. Manufacturing 5 percent of all movies produced in the monthly rent, allowed to retain 20 per cent share of the market, with sales of more than 10 thousand movies per month.
In 1984, something strange happened: Rostislav called the Soviet commercial attache in Venezuela VV Legonko. It turned out that Mr. attache told that there are Venezuelan, who is fluent in Russian and distributes film and video. Rostislav received an official invitation to go as a guest at the Tashkent International Festival of Asian, African and Latin American Cinema. The holding of this festival in those days was the most important political event.
For the trip had to be answered (in theory) for one very difficult question: would it not be a descendant of emigrants problems when he appeared in the Soviet Union, as all prudent to go in the "empire of the KGB?" My father remembered his "Paris", and grandfather described his "acquaintance" with the glorious Chekists. In the end, the family decided that Rostik can go. According to official documents, he was born in Venezuela, was a Venezuelan citizen, and who cares about its origin? And he went on this trip to see the country, which longed father, with the secret hope to find kogo-to relatives, if it is not too dangerous.
So it was decided that in the end will change all his life and Rostislav, and his parents. A few days before leaving for Russia childhood friend, too, of Russian origin, Dr. George (George) Gang, a young Venezuelan ophthalmologist, Rostislav asked to find in Moscow a famous Russian doctor Svyatoslav Fyodorov Professor and invited to come to Venezuela. Rostislav took with him an official invitation of the Venezuelan Ministry of Health Professor Fedorov to participate in the annual congress of ophthalmologists in Venezuela. With this message in a suitcase and a dream in his heart the secret Rostislav flew to Spain, where he sat on the Aeroflot plane, where it began and "the Soviet experience."
During this first trip, he got a lot of impressions, chief among which was the fact that around all spoke in Russian, and on the radio, he heard the songs as a child with his father rehearsed. It was a country that he had been taught to love in absentia, but he had hardly been able to fall in love with the first meeting. He saw standing around the monuments to Lenin, the shelves empty, colorless dressed people who were afraid to talk to him, a foreigner who knows the Russian language.
In Tashkent Rostislav scanned more than 50 films, but yin could find no one who would have had commercial potential. Eventually Rostislav opted for the cartoon, which was released in rent in Venezuela in 1985.
On the way back he stopped in Moscow, where he attempted to meet with Professor Fyodorov through the Ministry of Health. But, alas, in vain: each time Rostislav received an answer that is either very busy or does not accept or ill. Until the very last day of his visit, Rostislav and could not contact with Fedorov. Then he found the address of the Institute of Eye Microsurgery, he took a taxi and went there himself. Twenty minutes, a little ingenuity - and now he was standing in front of Svetoslav Roerich and sends him an invitation. He could not imagine at the time how many obstacles have to be overcome to a professor, he accepted the invitation, vse-taki was able to come to Venezuela!
One day he decided to take a walk in Moscow alone. Naive foreigner, he was looking for a place where we could eat. His kindly greeted ads on behind closed doors, "cleaning day", "health time", "lunch" or "no vacancies" in the empty room ... then he could not buy a film "Kodak", which used to enjoy at home. She was not even in the currency "Birch"! I had to be content with the GDR film production, but already in Venezuela revealed that it is impossible to prove. "The last century," he explained. Missing priceless footage, photos of relatives, which he still managed to find. While these trips Rostislav, and after him, and Vadim`s been more and more meetings of representatives of different branches of Ordovsky-Tanaevsky. Surname gradually began to recover. Relatives arrived from France, Switzerland, the United States ... In 1993, at the expense of Rostislav great-grandfather`s book will be published "Memories".
But it is yet to come, and in November 1984 took Rostislav Fedorov in Caracas. They became friends, with the result that three trips were organized in Moscow for 70 Latin American doctors in the two-week course of their studies at the institute Fedorova. Rostislav began presenting Latin American technology and methods of conducting operations Fedorova, and the distribution of its surgical instruments and technologies.
Thus began Rostislav activities in Russia. Then he organized a festival of two Venezuelan films in the Soviet Union and two of the festival of Soviet films in Venezuela. He was able to do it yourself, because it had already been "perestroika" times, and in 1987 the first allowed Rostislav virtually uncensored selected films. He brought to Venezuela kinodelegatsiyu, which included a Russian and a cousin Rostislav from St. Petersburg director "Lenfilm" Michael Ordovsky. The first festival was a resounding success and was extended by a few weeks.
For several years, he tried to become an impresario and organized a tour of classic ensembles in South America. The largest event was a two-month tour of Latin America, the Big Children`s Choir and Ballet of the USSR Radio and Television under the control of Popov - 50 children from 11 to 17 years.
He organized several tourist routes in the USSR, he mastered the profession of a guide. All this activity has not been successful, but the results did not suit Rostislav. He understood that serious conditions for business contacts for business yet, it is necessary to wait ... But his nature demanded action, and he continued to seek and to search for new opportunities. For 4 years he visited the Soviet Union 10 times.
Rostislav gradually begins to sell its business in Venezuela, and to focus on projects in the USSR. He believed that with the coming to power of Gorbachev will receive all the new business opportunities in the USSR. This belief and businessman instinct did not deceive him. And it worked like a madman!
In 1985, Rostislav turned to David Epelbaum, the president of "The Path to Burger" - the largest network of fast food restaurants in Latin America with a proposal to start joint projects for the opening of these restaurants in the USSR. He discussed with the famous company "Eastman Kodak" possibility of joint efforts of the Soviet conquest of the photographic market.
And so in 1987, "Kodak" offered Rostislav organize and take the lead in six projects retail Photoproduction in Western (European) of the USSR in the Baltic States, North-West region (St. Petersburg), Moscow Region, Ukraine, Belarus , Georgia and Armenia. All of this was carried out in the framework of a large Soviet-American project on the implementation of the contract which was signed by Gorbachev and Reagan. The project was supposed to ensure the convertibility of the ruble in all directions, which were headed by the US Trade Consortium, one of the seven members of the US which was a company "Kodak".
In January 1988, Rostik registered the first joint venture in Estonia and then in Leningrad, Kiev, Tbilisi and Yerevan. However ... US Trade Consortium has not earned. Then all the forces were sent to the project to create a network of fast food restaurants. But it turned out early - supply issues have become the Achilles heel of the project. It was enough to despair ... In 1989, Rostislav receives a proposal to use half of the lobby of the hotel "Moscow", the huge building on Manezh Square for opening a restaurant. The area of ??the proposed location was 130 square meters - the size is not ideal, but a great location in the center of Moscow.
After several trips to Spain and Venezuela, he finally found another "madman" (so called at the time Rostislav both at home and in Moscow) Felisindo Martinez, who believed him, arrived, assessed the situation in Moscow, returned to Venezuela, and built a restaurant , I took it apart, packed in containers and sent to the USSR. The restaurant was called "El Rincon Espanol" (the brainchild of Rostislav embodied his love for his parents, Spaniard and Russian, to unite to the center of the Russian capital appeared luxurious Spanish restaurant), and instantly won success. It opened a new trail, eventually turned into a wide road.
In September 1989, Rostik married. So, her name is Tatiana ... The daughter of one of the world`s most famous gymnasts Larisa Latynina. Tanya was a dancer in the ensemble "Birch", and they met in far 1980 in Venezuela, when the band was on tour in Latin America. Marriage brings to life Rostislav stability, gave him a "house" in Moscow, his wife and his son Constantine. In 1994, the youngest was born, named in honor of the late Vadim grandfather.
In 1991, after negotiations that lasted for a year, it had signed a lease and built a restaurant Swiss cuisine "Le Chalet". This time, with the involvement of local media. It`s only been two years, and have already been created and operated several private carpentry workshops. In 1992, Rostik began planning the creation of its first fast-food restaurants, because Epelbaum and Finn finally decided not to go to Russia and offered Rostik a comprehensive support for independent work. Here he really helped the experience gained in his youth in Venezuela while working in the area of ??fast service. Conditions in Russia were like Venezuela: poor infrastructure, lack of trained personnel, high inflation and control over foreign exchange transactions.
The first concept was "Kombi` a `, fast food restaurants, and the second - "Rostik` with` restaurants serving fried chicken. Finally, and the ruble became internally convertible, and two types of business - restaurant and photo business - began to develop in parallel.
At the same time it started the development of two other concepts - family restaurants, "Patio Pizza" and "American Bar and Grill", and later - Japanese restaurants "Planet Sushi". Today these concepts with "Rostik` s "are among the most notable in Russia.
Every businessman there is a "project of life". It was this project and Rostislav Vadimovich. Creates a "Santa Fe", as if written off from the image of the Wild West (South Western Style), all design elements which were brought from the American city of Santa Fe, and antique antiques collected worldwide. Probably, "Santa Fe" would stand out everywhere, wherever it was built - whether in Paris, New York and Prague - but he opened it in Moscow. To Rostislav it was a matter of principle.
Slowly he built his team, surrounded himself with highly qualified professionals from all over the world (mainly from Venezuela and the United States). Many came and went, but all put their experience and expertise in the creation and training of the local team of specialists. Despite the fact that at one time the main part of the senior management consisted of foreigners, with the expansion of the company, more and more talented young Russian managers after a long training in senior positions. And this, too - a matter of principle.
It would be naive to believe that moving on once and for all to the path chosen, Rostislav V. had known only victory. There were all kinds. Was and August 1998, the financial crisis, when he managed to not only survive, but also to make those around him to believe that all will be well.
Circle interests Rostislav Ordovsky-Tanayevsky Blanco is not just about business. Participation holding "Rostik Group" in various humanitarian projects was repeatedly mentioned ratification of the Moscow government. Together with the Russian Committee of Cooperation with Latin America published several books about prominent representatives of creative and political thought of Venezuela and other Latin American countries. Last year Rostislav financed the translation into Russian and publication of a book by the American writer Suzanne Massie "Land of the Firebird. The beauty of the former Russian". 4000 copies of the book were donated to the Moscow Committee of Public Education, at the initiative of inviting the students to study in the framework of the "World Art Culture" program.
Organization of Russian Young Pathfinders (ORYR), as part of the Russian scout movement, was able at the beginning of the 1990s to reclaim their work from abroad to the territory of the Russian Federation (then the USSR). There were first detachments and detachments ORYR already in Russia. As one of the leaders ORYR, Rostislav V. actively involved in the process of regeneration and the formation of the scout movement in the homeland. Created under his leadership in 1993 in Moscow Communication Center ORYR units became the headquarters of the All-Russian children`s public organization. The center promotes the quantitative and qualitative growth of groups, is widespread technique ORYR among organizations interested in the education of younger people. Thanks for almost 9 years of painstaking daily work of the Centre in the Russian ORYR today operates in 47 regions, bringing together more than 6,000 children in nearly 240 troops.
Rostislav Vadimovich participation in scout affairs is not limited to the work of the Center for Communication ORYR. His assistance contributed to the establishment and other Scout centers - in Moscow (on Krutitskoye), St. Petersburg, in the Ivanovo region (Pless), Krasnodar Territory (Anapa), etc.
Their first toast was "For Russia! During a meeting on home soil!"? Due to the realities of today`s return of the descendants of Russian emigrants in Russia is becoming a reality. The leader of the informal organization has become Rostislav - successful businessman, a true patriot. Rostislav made the regular meetings of descendants of emigrants traditional. The result of these meetings are usually common good works, which pave the way for the future prosperity of Russia.