Julia Ioffe (Russian: Юлия Иоффе) is a Russian-American journalist and blogger, whose writings have been published by The Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, Forbes, The New Republic and Russia!.
Ioffe was born in Moscow in 1982, and is of Russian-Jewish descent. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, at the age of 7. Ioffe attended Princeton University and earned her degree in history, specializing in Soviet history. She began her career as a fact checker for The New Yorker, before moving to Columbia Journalism School's Knight Foundation Case Studies Initiative. She later won a Fulbright Scholarship to move back to Russia, and worked as the Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker and Foreign Policy. She currently serves as a senior editor for The New Republic in Washington D.C.
Ioffe's work is often openly critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin and Moscow ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov. She has written of receiving angry emails and letters from Russians, upset over her covering of their country. She is also critical of the Russian state-funded news network RT, seeing it as a Kremlin mouthpiece. Despite her own often-critical approach to Russian politics, Ioffe described noted Kremlin critic Luke Harding, The Guardian Moscow correspondent deported from Russia in 2011, as a "renegade" with "a reputation for playing with fire—perhaps foolishly". Harding described this as "mean-spirited".
Ioffe caused a minor controversy in August 2013 when she appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and suggested that Vladimir Putin had only limited control over the situation surrounding Edward Snowden's asylum application. O'Donnell responded, "We're getting absurd now," and a heated exchange on Putin's control of the media ensued. Ioffe responded in an article in The New Republic, accusing O'Donnell of "mansplaining". Several media publications have praised or defended Ioffe's response, including Esquire, The Atlantic, and the Huffington Post, including current Huffington Post contributor Alyona Minkovski, whom Ioffe has previously been critical of.
Ioffe expressed opposition to an American boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, based on the Russian LGBT propaganda law, arguing that a boycott would not aid the cause of gay rights in Russia. As a result, openly gay actor Harvey Fierstein criticized her as "smug".
In July 2014, following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, Ioffe appeared on the Colbert Report, where she claimed that some Russian newspapers were endorsing conspiracy theories. One of them was that MH17 was in fact Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which had disappeared over the Indian Ocean four months earlier, as part of a CIA ruse.
- "Writer Julia Ioffe on Drinking Rituals and Surprising Friendships in 'Sharp-Elbowed' Moscow".
- Ioffe, Julia (April 25, 2010). "A Russian American's Uneasy Return to Moscow". The Washington Post.
- InoSMI.ru Юлия Иоффе: «Идеализм может быть разрушителен»
- Ioffe, Julia (May 7, 2012). "Vladimir the Unstable". Foreign Policy Magazine.
- Ioffe, Julia (September–October 2010). "What is Russia Today?". Columbia Journalism Review.
- Ioffe, Julia (February 7, 2011). "Out of Country". Foreign Policy.
- Harding, Luke (2011). "Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia". Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia (London: Guardian Books). pp. 274–5.
- Feldman, Josh (August 7, 2013). "Lawrence O'Donnell And New Republic's Julia Ioffe Scuffle Over Snowden". Mediaite.
- Ioffe, Julia (August 8, 2013). "Dear Lawrence O'Donnell, Don't Mansplain to Me About Russia". The New Republic.
- Pierce, Charles P. (8 August 2013). "Don't Mess With Julia Ioffe". Esquire.
- Bump, Philip (August 8, 2013). "You Can't Win A TV Argument in an Internet World". The Atlantic Wire.
- Shapiro, Rebecca (August 8, 2013). "New Republic's Julia Ioffe Calls Out Lawrence O'Donnell For 'Mansplaining Russia' To Her". The Huffington Post.
- Simon, Rachel (August 15, 2013). "Harvey Fierstein on Russia's anti-gay laws: 'You cannot just ignore evil'". All in with Chris Hayes. MSNBC.
- "Our Ten Most Popular Stories of 2013". The New Republic. The New Republic. December 28, 2013.
- "Watch Julia Ioffe Explain the Russia-Ukraine Conflict to Stephen Colbert". The New Republic. July 23, 2014.