I am an independent journalist who writes about Russia, social justice, immigrants, media ethics, and sometimes folk musicians. I am particularly interested in how differently daily news gets reported in Russia and the West. I blog about stories that are reported in particularly different ways, and to this end I also recommend following Al Jazeera’s “The Listening Post,” a great programme.

I speak English, French, and Russian fluently, Spanish well, and I’m happy to consider translation work in any of the above, as well as services as a “fixer” in Russia.

I’m a fan of literature and my favourite authors are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Junot Diaz, Sheman Alexie, Alice Munro, Haruki Murakami, Roald Dahl, Toni Morrison, and Jennifer Egan. If you want to talk about these authors – or folk music – I would love to buy you a beer.

Oregon coast, on a roadtrip from northern British Columbia to Baja California

Find me on Twitter @kalireporting

Email me at julia.vk.kalinina@gmail.com

“Literature, like art, pushes against time’s fancy – makes us insomniacs in the halls of habit, offers to rescue the life of things from the dead. A story is told about the artist Oskar Kokoschka, who was leading a life drawing class. The students were bored and doing boring work, so Kokoschka whispered to the model, and told him to collapse to the ground. Kokoschka went over to the prone body, listened to his heart, pronounced him dead. The class was deeply shocked. Then the model stood up, and Kokoschka said: ‘Now draw him as though you were aware he was alive and not dead!’ What might that painting, in fiction, of a live body, look like?” – James Wood, from “The Nearest Thing To Life”