When she was 11 years old, Mariya Takhimov was one of a handful of teenagers who’d taken a trip to Moscow.
At the time, she was only 18.
But, as the years passed, she found herself drifting in and out of depression and isolation, eventually becoming a self-described alcoholic.
She was not a typical teenager.
Mariya’s mother was in her 80s, her father had been a long-time political prisoner and, at her mother’s insistence, she had a girlfriend.
Maria’s life as a teenager was spent with the help of her mother, who struggled to get a job and was also a single parent.
But she was determined to make a change.
She and her mother met the man who would become her mentor, Nikolai Kolesnikov.
The two women were not just good friends but also bonded through their shared love of the arts.
After spending five years living together, Maria was offered a job at a local art gallery, but she was still living at home.
Marija Takhimov had a long and difficult childhood.
Her mother was alcoholic and her father was a political prisoner Source: ABC News | Duration: 3min 2secTopics:adolescence,arts-and-entertainment,law-crime-and‑justice,arts,australiaFirst posted November 01, 2017 09:58:42Contact MariyaTakhimovMore stories from Northern Territory