Oleg Igorevich Marichev (On the occasion of his 70th birthday)

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Early Years: 1945-1968 Oleg Igorevich Marichev was born on September 7, 1945 in Velikie Luki, Russia-a small town located near Pskov. Oleg’s young parents Igor (23) and Lisa (21) were both students. When Oleg was five years old, Igor Marichev left the family to remarry, after which he received a Ph.D. in engineering, became a professor, and published several books. Lisa Marichev finished her studies and worked as an economist. Lisa Marichev died in 1983 and Igor passed away in 1998. Oleg lived together with his mother and her sister Tamara (who later became a chemical researcher in the Belarus Academy of Sciences) in the extended family of his grandparents. Oleg’s grandparents came from farming stock, but his grandfather Vasilii achieved the position of co-chief of police, while his grandmother Sofia kept house for the family. Vasilii and Sofia both died in 1982-1983, and Tamara passed away in 2001. In 1949, the five members of the extended Marichev family relocated to Minsk, Belarus-a city that had