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Gleb Vladimirovich Tyurin was born into a family of a journalist in Latvia. When he was a child his family moved to the Russian North, he considers it to be his native place.

He is a apprentice of K.P. Gemp, an outstanding historian of the North.

As a university student and at the same time a member of the USSR Ministry of Culture Project Board on creating the national reserve in Kenozero, he used to spend much time both in expeditions to the Northern villages and in the archives of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

For seven years he taught children in a village school, then worked in foreign companies, later he became an interpreter and a manager in the American School of Business administration (Portland Oregon University).

He finished several business courses and had probation periods in Western countries. He studied banking in Germany and then worked as a senior currency dealer at the Promstroibank (Bank of Industry and Construction).

In 1997 he organized the Institute of Social and Humanitarian Initiatives and began to work for the local development of the rural areas of the Russian North.

He is the author of a number of works on history and sociology, on theory and practice of local development which were published both in Russia, and abroad. He also wrote screen scripts (some as a co-author) for several film and TV documentaries for Russian and Western TV companies. He is a graduate of several training schools and courses. He holds training sessions and seminars in many regions of Russia. He is a Russian Journalists' Union Prize winner, a winner of the First National Competition of Journalists writing on the problems of self-government.