She was writing an article about Idle Conversation, a freewheeling creative collective that Mazurenko founded with two of his best friends, Dimitri Ustinov and Sergey Poydo.The trio seemed to be at the center of every cultural endeavor happening in Moscow.In family photos, Mazurenko roller-skates, sails a boat, and climbs trees.
Blue-eyed and slender, he moved confidently through the city’s budding hipster class.
As a teen he sought out adventure: he participated in political demonstrations against the ruling party and, at 16, started traveling abroad.
He first traveled to New Mexico, where he spent a year on an exchange program, and then to Dublin, where he studied computer science and became fascinated with the latest Western European art, fashion, music, and design.
Mazurenko would keep his friends up all night discussing culture and the future of Russia.
“He was so forward-thinking and charismatic,” said Poydo, who later moved to the United States to work with him.