Polina and Ivan with their daughter Vasilisa in their home.
They call it Silicon Forest, and it's meant to replicate its Californian counterpart – only within the confines of a planned 1950s Soviet town next to a lake where they cut a hole in the ice when they want to go swimming.
"On top of that is the biotech research, where there is real innovation.
That's a hypercharged version of what they've done all along, with genetics and nuclear physics." Slater was eager to see how the community worked.
I ended up taking a picture of him in the steam bath, as that's where we spent a lot of time. People don't shut down their lives because it's cold, but Russian talent is still largely attracted to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, so people who stay are Siberian at heart.
Dozens of research institutes are situated on its territory as well as the presidium of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk State University and the Specialized Educational Scientific Center.