Yulia Latynina

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Yulia Latynina
Yulia Latynina
Latynina in 2010
Native name Юлия Латынина
Born Yulia Leonidovna Latynina
(1966-06-16) 16 June 1966 (age 49)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Alma mater Maxim Gorky Literature Institute
Occupation Writer, journalist, pundit
Years active 1989–present
Notable work The Insider
Political party Democratic Choice of Russia (1994–2000)
Website latynina.net (Russian)

Yulia Leonidovna Latynina (Russian: Ю́лия Леони́довна Латы́нина; born 16 June 1966) is a Russian writer and journalist. She is the most popular presenter at the Echo of Moscow radio station.[1] She also writes for Novaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times. Yulia Latynina has authored more than twenty fiction books, including science fiction.


Condoleezza Rice presents Latynina with the Freedom Defenders Award in 2008

Yulia Latynina was born in Moscow on 16 June 1966. Her father is poet Leonid Latynin and her mother is literary critic Alla Latynina. Yulia Latynina has worked for Russian newspapers Izvestia (1995—97), Expert (1997—98), "Top Secret" (editor-in-chief Artyom Borovik), Novaya Gazeta (since 2001), Kommersant (since 2006), and others.

She worked for several Russian TV Channels "V drugoe vremya" (First Channel ORT 2001–02), "Est' Mneniye" (TV Tsentr 2002-3) and "Nedelya" (REN TV 2003-4).

Latynina has been a member of Committee 2008 since 2004.

She received an investigative journalism award by Corriere della Sera dedicated to Maria Grazia Cutuli, an Italian journalist who was killed in Afghanistan.[2]

She is a host of the show "Access Code" at radio station Echo of Moscow since 2003. On 8 December 2008 she was awarded the Freedom Defenders Award by the United States Department of State.[3]


Yulia Latynina is known for her sharp and polemic statements. She claimed that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, French President Jacques Chirac, Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schröder, and U.S. President George W. Bush have all been successfully "recruited" by Vladimir Putin to serve his political objectives.[4] She also alleged that "President Putin will secure a third term simply because this is the authorities' logic. Power in Russia is in essence authoritarian, and there are no other ways to hand over power: control must be maintained over it."[5]

Latynina claimed in a 2004 article that "In terms of governance, the country has already disintegrated into six to eight enclaves." According to her, "President Vladimir Putin can still install whoever [ruler] he likes on the territory of these enclaves – but that is not the same as being able to govern them." She referred to Russia as "a disintegrating empire".[6]

She is usually regarded as a journalist who criticizes Russian political establishment, but has also scolded members of Moscow Helsinki Group for supporting Russian scientist Igor Sutyagin, who she suggested could actually be involved in espionage.[7][8] She argued that although communications of Sutyagin with foreign spy agencies have never been proven, the foreign agency that he passed information on was indeed highly suspicious.[9] Lawyer Boris Kuznetsov, who represented Sutyagin previously, hinted that the Russian secret service FSB benefited from her program in Echo of Moscow,[10][11] which she vigorously denied.[12][13]

In January 2010, in the aftermath of Yanukovich’s win in Ukraine, Latynina argued that free elections are impossible in poor countries.[14] In March 2011, she criticized the liberalism of human rights organisations which prevent winning the War on Terror and effective solutions of other international problems by force, according to her.[15]

Authored books[edit]

Year Russian title Translation Genre Cycle
1990 Повесть о Святом Граале A Tale of the Holy Grail Fantasy
1991 Дело о пропавшем боге (Иров день) A Case of the Missing God Science fiction Empire of Veya
1994 Клеарх и Гераклея Clearchus and Heraclea Greek novel
1994 Проповедник The Preacher Science fiction
1995 Бомба для банкира The Bomb for the Banker Crime fiction Gangster
1996 Повесть о благонравном мятежнике A Tale of a Virtuous Rebel Fantasy
1996 Колдуны и министры Wizards and Ministers Science fiction Empire of Veya
1996 Сто полей The 100 squares[16] Science fiction Empire of Veya
1996 Повесть о Золотом государе Tale of the Golden Emperor Fantasy Empire of Veya
1996 Бандит Gangster Adventure Gangster
1997 Здравствуйте, я Ваша „крыша“, или новый Аладдин Hello, I'm Your "Carpet", or the New Aladdin Science fiction
1999 Охота на изюбря Hunting Elk Crime fiction Hunting Elk
1999 Инсайдер The Insider Science fiction Empire of Veya
1999 Повесть о государыне Кассии Tale of the Empress Cassia Fantasy Empire of Veya
1999 Дело о лазоревом письме Case of the Azure Letter Science fiction Empire of Veya
1999 Разбор полётов (Ни дня без работы) Debriefing (Not a Day Without Work) Crime fiction Gangster
2000 Саранча Locust Crime fiction Gangster
2000 Стальной король (Развод с подставой) Steel King (Set-Up and Scam) Crime fiction Hunting Elk
2001 Ничья The Draw Crime fiction
2003 Промзона Industrial Area Crime fiction Hunting Elk
2004 Только голуби летают бесплатно Only Pigeons Fly for Free Crime fiction
2005 Джаханнам, или До встречи в Аду Jahannam, or See You in Hell Adventure Caucasus cycle
2005 Ниязбек Niyazbek Adventure Caucasus cycle
2007 Земля войны The Land of War Adventure Caucasus cycle
2007 Нелюдь Inhuman Science fiction
2009 Не время для славы No Time for Glory Adventure Caucasus cycle
2012 Русский булочник. Очерки либерал-прагматика Russian Baker Non-fiction

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