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Anna Khachiyan
Анна Хачиян
Khachiyan in 2023
Anna Leonidovna Khachiyan

(1985-08-23) August 23, 1985 (age 38)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Russia
  • United States
Alma mater
  • Writer
  • podcaster
Notable workRed Scare (since 2018)

Anna Leonidovna Khachiyan (Russian: Анна Леонидовна Хачиян; born August 23, 1985)[1][2][3] is an American cultural critic,[4][5] writer,[6] and co-host of the Red Scare podcast with Dasha Nekrasova, based out of New York City.[7][8] She is the daughter of Soviet-American mathematician Leonid Khachiyan.[9]

Early life[edit]

Khachiyan was born in Moscow, Soviet Union, on August 23, 1985.[2][3] In 1990, she immigrated to the United States with her parents and was raised in New Jersey.[10] Her father is the Soviet mathematician and Rutgers University professor Leonid Khachiyan and her mother is Olga Pischikova Reynberg.[9] She is of Armenian, Russian and Ashkenazi Jewish descent.[11]

Khachiyan received the Patrick J. Quigley memorial scholarship from Rutgers University in 2006, studying economics and art history and graduating with honors.[12] She went on to pursue a master's degree in art history at New York University,[13] as well as a PhD in Soviet architecture, completing the former and dropping out of the latter.[7][10]

Before Red Scare, Khachiyan worked odd jobs as a restaurant hostess,[14] illustrator[15] and actress.[16]


On March 29, 2018, Khachiyan started the cultural commentary podcast Red Scare, with co-host and actress Dasha Nekrasova. The show has been associated with both the dirtbag left[17][18][19][20] and the new right[21] as well as the subculture surrounding Dimes Square.[22][23][24][25] It covers current topics in American culture and politics in both a comedic and serious tone.

Khachiyan's commentary and critique of neoliberalism and feminism are heavily influenced by historian Christopher Lasch and social critic Camille Paglia.[7] She has also been influenced by Mark Fisher[6] and Michel Houellebecq.[4]

Khachiyan has been interviewed by Eric Weinstein and by Bret Easton Ellis on their respective podcasts.[26] She has also appeared on i24NEWS to discuss Russian-born convicted fraudster[27][28] Anna Delvey,[29] and as a speaker as part of Art Toronto's PLATFORM Speak Series.[30]

In September 2023, Khachiyan was a panelist in a public debate co-sponsored by The Free Press and the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), titled "Has the Sexual Revolution Failed?" [31] She argued alongside Louise Perry facing Sarah Haider and Grimes.

Personal life[edit]

Khachiyan is in a relationship with percussionist and visual artist Eli Keszler.[32][33] On the February 13, 2021 episode of The Tim Dillon Show, Khachiyan announced she was eight months pregnant.[34] Her son was born on March 28, 2021.[35] Khachiyan suffers from adult-onset Still's disease, which she was diagnosed with after contracting COVID-19 in 2021.[36] She had previously questioned the efficacy of vaccines in the efforts to curb COVID-19, describing herself as becoming “an even more conservative Covid truther.”[37]


Year Film/Series Role Notes
2007 Why I Fired My Secretary short, screenplay
2014 Facing the Same Direction Alex short
2020 PVT Chat OWS Commentator
2021 The Scary of Sixty-First Ghislaine Maxwell doppelgänger[38]


  1. ^ Broomfield, Charlotte (April 17, 2019). "Red Scare, Don't Care". The Face. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Weinstein, Eric (host) (December 20, 2019). "17: Anna Khachiyan - Reconstructing the Mystical Feminine from the Ashes of 'The Feminine Mystique'". The Portal (Podcast).
  3. ^ a b Khachiyan, Anna [@annakhachiyan] (August 23, 2020). "Wow I share a birthday with the coolest, most doomed people" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 2, 2023. Retrieved January 2, 2023 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ a b Khachiyan, Anna (December 26, 2018). "Anna Khachiyan Shares Her Gut Reactions on Everything from Toxic Masculinity to 'Vanderpump Rules'". Interview (Interview). New York City, New York. Retrieved October 17, 2022.
  5. ^ Myers, Fraser (July 4, 2019). "Meet the anti-woke left". Spiked.
  6. ^ a b Khachiyan, Anna (March 19, 2018). Pepi, Mike (ed.). "Art Won't Save Us". Open Space. No. 8, Heavy Machinery. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
  7. ^ a b c Malone, Noreen (October 25, 2018). "Red Scare Leans into Nothing". The Cut. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  8. ^ Arbuthnot, Leaf (February 7, 2020). "Meet the 'ladies' of Red Scare, the most gleefully offensive podcast on the internet". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "In Memoriam: Leonid Khachiyan". Rutgers University | School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Computer Science. Archived from the original on September 11, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Pinsky, Drew (host) (December 6, 2022). "Anna Khachiyan". The Dr. Drew Podcast (Podcast).
  11. ^ Khachiyan, Anna [@annakhachiyan] (December 4, 2019). "I had such a shambolic, dysfunctional upbringing my parents didn't even bother to teach me chess — unheard of and frankly shameful for Russian family of Armenian and Ashkenazi origins lol!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 17, 2020. Retrieved January 2, 2023 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Welcome to the Department of Art History | Undergraduate Awards". Rutgers University | School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art History.
  13. ^ "Anna Khachiyan | New York University". nyu.academia.edu.
  14. ^ Khachiyan, Anna; et al. (November 9, 2018). Hertling, Pati; Azimi, Negar (eds.). "Number Six". Deadlines and Divine Distractions.
  15. ^ Buyanovsky, Dan (October 6, 2014). "Untitled (An Oral History of D'Angelo)". Vice.
  16. ^ Cule, Maja (November 4, 2014). "An interview with Maja Cule". atractivoquenobello (Interview). Interviewed by Kevin Allen. Archived from the original on September 3, 2016.
  17. ^ Bowles, Nellie (February 29, 2020). "The Pied Pipers of the Dirtbag Left Want to Lead Everyone to Bernie Sanders". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  18. ^ Marriott, James (December 10, 2019). "Red Scare, the politically incorrect podcast that's wooing liberal millennials". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  19. ^ Spies, Michelle (September 25, 2019). "I Made the Internet Vote to Determine the Worst Fan Base. Here's What I Learned". Vulture.
  20. ^ Martinez, Ignacio (June 26, 2019). "'Praxis Girl' and how extremely online drama led to a Marxist meme". The Daily Dot.
  21. ^ Goldberg, Michelle (April 25, 2022). "Opinion | The Awful Advent of Reactionary Chic". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  22. ^ Dai, Serena (August 10, 2022). "Do You Need to Care About Dimes Square? Probably Not". Bon Appétit. Retrieved September 1, 2022.
  23. ^ Meltzer, Marisa (July 25, 2022). "Dimes Square Gets the Hotel It Deserves". The New York Times. Retrieved September 1, 2022.
  24. ^ Freeman, Nate (June 13, 2022). "What Was Dimes Square?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  25. ^ Yost, Julia (August 9, 2022). "New York's Hottest Club Is the Catholic Church". The New York Times. Retrieved September 1, 2022.
  26. ^ Ellis, Bret Easton (host) (August 16, 2019). "8/16/19 - Anna Khachiyan". The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast (Podcast). Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  27. ^ Ransom, Jan; Palmer, Emily (April 25, 2019). "Fake Heiress Who Swindled N.Y.'s Elite Is Found Guilty". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  28. ^ Pullman, Laura (March 7, 2021). "'Fake Heiress' Anna Delvey on her time in prison and what she'll do next". The Times. Archived from the original on March 7, 2021. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  29. ^ Holmes, Helen (June 8, 2018). "Why Do We Love Grifters? Because We're Secretly Jealous of Them". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on June 24, 2018.
  30. ^ Heather, Rosemary (October 23, 2018). "Why Trump is able to neutralize #Resistance art". NOW Magazine. Archived from the original on August 19, 2021.
  31. ^ "FIRE sponsors debate with the Free Press: Has the Sexual Revolution Failed? | the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression". 31 July 2023.
  32. ^ Keszler, Eli; Khachiyan, Anna (April 14, 2020). "6 Feet Apart" (Podcast). Elara FM.
  33. ^ van Zuylen-Wood, Simon (July 29, 2022). "Platforming a Platformer of the Deplatformed". Intelligencer. Archived from the original on February 22, 2023.
  34. ^ Dillon, Tim (host) (February 14, 2021). "#239 - Anna Khachiyan". The Tim Dillon Show (Podcast).
  35. ^ Khachiyan, Anna [@annakhachiyan] (April 1, 2021). "My pup <3". Archived from the original on January 2, 2023. Retrieved April 5, 2021 – via Instagram.
  36. ^ Khachiyan, Anna [@annakhachiyan] (January 9, 2022). "Fwiw I was diagnosed with something called Adult Onset Still's Disease. If you google Still's + Covid-19 you can find studies reporting cases triggered by the vaccine as well as the virus. Either way how much of an unspeakable loser do you have to be to hornily gloat over this?" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 15, 2024. Retrieved June 15, 2024 – via Twitter.
  37. ^ Rabkin, Eugene (January 7, 2023). "Podcast Overload". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2024.
  38. ^ Blauvelt, Christian (March 2, 2021). "'The Scary of Sixty-First' Review: An Unforgettable 'Eyes Wide Shut' Revision for the QAnon Age". IndieWire.