Castles and Palaces (CnP): Could you tell me why do you have this passion for medieval ruins? What motivated you to take up the Burg Ragnit project?
Ivan Artyukh (IA): To be honest I am a history geek. As for the medieval ruins, well, you know I'd love to have a medieval castle in a great shape but I haven't found one. So, at a certain moment I realized that the castle can become a real gem. I know I will have to invest a lot of effort, money and time but you have to start with something. So, I got this idea and I started thinking about details. Then I started building a team because you know one can't embark on such a journey without a good team. Thank God there are people who love medieval castles and ruins just like me! We are practical people at the same time. We make cheese, its production is linked with the history of this area, we have a restaurant which is linked with the history and we have now this castle, which is massive! There's even more history! And we hope in the long run one day we'll be able to monetize it. But for the time being we all need to break a sweat to preserve the castle.