I am an independent journalist based in London and Moscow who writes about Russia, legal cases, immigrants, media ethics, and sometimes folk musicians. I worked in TV news in London – Arise News and ITV – for two years and am now focusing on print (I’ve always been into lost causes) and online.

I have an undergraduate degree in politics and economics from York University and a graduate degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where I wrote a literature review on sexual assault law in Canada that has earned traction among academics in the field. I also published a version of the review as a BuzzFeed story (some listicles take six months to write), available in the “Print and Online” section of my portfolio.

I speak English, French, and Russian fluently, Spanish well, and I am taking translation work in any of the above as well as offering help 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. I also like boats and folk music festivals.


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”