Yulia Latynina

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Yulia Latynina
Юлия Латынина
Latynina in 2010
Yulia Leonidovna Latynina

(1966-06-16) 16 June 1966 (age 57)
Occupation(s)Writer, journalist
EmployerNovaya Gazeta
Notable workThe Insider
WebsiteHer Youtube channel in Russian

Yulia Leonidovna Latynina (Russian: Ю́лия Леони́довна Латы́нина; born 16 June 1966) is an independent journalist, writer, TV and radio host from Russia. She grew famous as a columnist for Novaya Gazeta and was the most popular host at the Echo of Moscow radio station for years.

Yulia Latynina is a prolific writer, she has written more than twenty books, including fantasy and crime fiction.


Family and education[edit]

Yulia Latynina was born in Moscow on 16 June 1966. Her father is writer Leonid Latynin[1] and her mother is literary critic Alla Latynina.[2]

Yulia Latynina studied philology at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute from 1983 to 1988. In 1993, under the scientific supervision of Professor Vyacheslav Ivanov she defended her PhD at the Gorky Institute of World Literature.[3]

Journalistic career[edit]

Latynina started her journalistic career as an economic columnist.[4] She worked for periodicals Segodnya (1995–96), Izvestia (1996–97), Expert (1997–98), Sovershenno Secretno (1999–2000), and others. By 2000, Latynina already had a reputation as one of the leading journalists in the field of economics. In 2001 she became a columnist for Novaya Gazeta. In the same year, she was invited to host ‘Rublevaya Zona’, an analytical programme on NTV.[5] The show started her Tv career. In 2003, it was followed by an analytical programm “24” that was broadcast on REN TV.[6]

Later, Latynina worked for Ezhednevny Zhurnal (2005–15) and Gazeta.ru (2006–2013). She also worked for television channels NTV (2000–01), ORT (2001–02), TVS (2002–03) and REN TV (2003–04). In 2003 Latynina started hosting the show Access Code at a radio station Echo of Moscow.

In 2007, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera named her best foreign journalist in an award ceremony dedicated to Maria Grazia Cutuli.[7]

Condoleezza Rice presents Latynina with the Freedom Defenders Award in 2008

In 2008, Latynina received the Freedom Defenders Award from the United States Department of State.[8][9] She received the award from Condoleezza Rice, who praised the journalist for her achievements:

Yulia has exposed corruption and abuses of authority among government officials as well as egregious human rights violations by both government authorities and private actors, particularly in the North Caucasus.

— Condoleezza Rice


Yulia Latynina is known for her sharp and polemic statements. She proclaims herself a libertarian.

For some time she openly denied global warming and called Michael E. Mann's hockey stick graph a fake. However, in 2022 Latynina agreed that "global warming is real".

Latynina was a member of the Committee 2008.

She voiced an opinion that universal suffrage was bad for poor countries.[10][11] She also criticized western liberalism and human rights organizations which she thinks are used by Muslim extremists as useful idiots to prevent winning the War on Terror.[12]

In her opinion, Moscow Helsinki Group was wrong in supporting Russian scientist Igor Sutyagin, who she suggested could actually be involved in espionage.[13] 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.[14]

Latynina has been a consistent critic of leftist politics. In September 2020, she said: "I. e, the owners of Sargon-like countries are witnessing the same propaganda, a similar technology of total lies combined with socialism and leftist ideas. It penetrates all the structures of Western society... Here, the USSR used to be creating socialism for everyone, and, in the United States, the politicians were a lot smarter. Even those with the left [political] orientation have been creating socialism only for the poor".[15]


In retaliation for her political stance and categorical statements, Latynina became a victim of several attacks. On August 20, 2016, she was assaulted by two men in motorcycle helmets who poured feces on her.[16] On the night of 18 and 19 July 2017, unknown assailants attacked Latynina's house and sprayed it with a very pungent and caustic type of gas of unknown composition. Along with herself, 8 people were additionally injured in the gas attack, including four elderly people and two children. She said that she would not bring the case to the officials as police had not investigated some attacks on opposition politicians, however, Dmitry Muratov reported the attack to the police.[17]

On 2 September, Latynina's car was set on fire. The investigator said that "the car caught fire by itself". On 9 September, Latynina announced that she and her family are leaving Russia and would not return "in the near future". She called the car's arson an attempted murder.[18] According to her father, Latynina had been under surveillance for some time, and the attackers were not bandits but an organized group that received commands from certain influential people.[2]

In emigration[edit]

In 2022, Latynina joined the Anti-war committee. She has been a member of the Anti-War Committee of Russia since February 2022.[19] In September of the same year, she was included in the Russian list of foreign agents.[20]

Writing career[edit]

Presentation of the book Russian Baker in 2013

Latynina published her first novel in 1990. For some time she used a pen-name Eugene Klimovich, however, most subsequent printings were issued under the author's real name. She works in the genre of sharp detective-adventure prose on Russian material as well as in fiction. In 1995 Latynina won the Russian Booker Prize for her novel Clearchus and Heraclea and the Strannik [ru] for The Preacher. Later she was nominated to the National Bestseller literary prize, as well as the Russian Booker and several others. The total print run of Yulia Latynina's books from 1999-2000 has exceeded 500,000 copies.[21]

Year Title in Russian Translation Genre Cycle
1991 «Дело о пропавшем боге» A Case of the Missing God Fantasy Wei Empire
1994 «Клеарх и Гераклея» Clearchus and Heraclea Fantasy
1995 «Бомба для банкира» The Bomb for the Banker Crime fiction Bandit
1996 «Колдуны и министры» Wizards and Ministers Fantasy Wei Empire
1996 «Сто полей» The 100 Squares[22] Fantasy Wei Empire
1996 «Повесть о Золотом Государе» Tale of the Golden Emperor Fantasy Wei Empire
1997 «Здравствуйте, я ваша крыша» Hello, I'm Your Roof Fantasy
1999 «Бандит» Bandit Crime fiction Bandit
1999 «Охота на изюбря» Hunting Elk Crime fiction Industrial Area
1999 «Инсайдер» The Insider Fantasy Wei Empire
1999 «Повесть о государыне Кассии» Tale of the Empress Cassia Fantasy Wei Empire
1999 «Дело о лазоревом письме» Case of the Azure Letter Fantasy Wei Empire
2000 «Разбор полётов» Debriefing Crime fiction Bandit
2000 «Саранча» Locust Crime fiction Bandit
2000 «Стальной король» Steel King Crime fiction Industrial Area
2001 «Ничья» The Draw Crime fiction
2003 «Промзона» Industrial Area Crime fiction Industrial Area
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 Thriller Caucasus
2005 «Ниязбек» Niyazbek Thriller Caucasus
2007 «Земля войны» The Land of War Thriller Caucasus
2007 «Нелюдь» Inhuman Fantasy
2009 «Не время для славы» No Time for Glory Thriller Caucasus
2012 «Русский булочник» Russian Baker Non-fiction
2018 «Иисус. Историческое расследование» Jesus. Historical Investigation Non-fiction

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Saed-Shakh, A. (5 May 2008). "Леонид Латынин: Стихи спасли мне жизнь" [Leonid Latynin: Poetry saved my life] (in Russian). Novaya Gazeta. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Леонид Латынин: Люблю дочь и боюсь за нее" [Leonid Latynin: I love my daughter and fear for her] (in Russian). Sobesednik. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  3. ^ Latynina, Y. L. "The literary origins of the dystopian genre: thesis for the degree of Candidate of Philological Sciences" (in Russian). Russian National Library. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Студенты искали стулья, чтобы попасть к Юлии Латыниной" [Students searched chairs to get to Latynina's lecture] (in Russian). 14 October 2008. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  5. ^ Dokuchaev, D. (20 February 2001). "Зона рублевого притяжения: Телесезон НТВ начинается с реальной экономики" (in Russian). Obshaya Gazeta. Archived from the original on 20 February 2001. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  6. ^ "К телевидению нужен женский подход" [Female approach required by TV] (in Russian). Novaya Gazeta. 28 July 2003. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  7. ^ Guastella, Giuseppe (24 October 2007). "Premio Cutuli, la memoria per il merito". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  8. ^ Kellerhals, Merle D. (9 December 2008). "Russian Journalist, Two Americans Receive Human Rights Awards" (Press release). United States Department of State. Bureau of International Information Programs. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Remarks At the 2008 International Human Rights Day Awards Ceremony". US Government. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  10. ^ Latynina, Yulia (10 February 2010). "Letting Poor People Vote Is Dangerous". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Latynina: Georgians destroyed Georgia's future". Georgia Online. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  12. ^ Latynina, Yulia (9 February 2011). "Terrorists Without Borders". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  13. ^ Latynina, Yulia (14 July 2010). "The Sutyagin Syndrome". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Ежедневный Журнал: Дело Сутягина" [Daily Journal: Sutyagin's case]. ej.ru (in Russian).
  15. ^ "Юлия Латынина – Код доступа" [Yulia Latynina – Kod Dostupa]. echo.msk.ru (in Russian). Moscow: Echo of Moscow. 12 September 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Журналистку Юлию Латынину облили фекалиями" [Attackers poured feces on journalist Yulia Katynina] (in Russian). Meduza. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  17. ^ "Журналистка «Новой газеты» Юлия Латынина заявила о нападении на ее дом" [Yulia Latynina of ‘Novaya Gazeta’ reports an attack on her house] (in Russian). RBC. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  18. ^ "Юлия Латынина уехала из России после поджога машины" [Yulia Latynina left Russia after her car was burnt] (in Russian). RBC. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  19. ^ Ivanova, A. (4 April 2022). "Видные россияне призвали расследовать действия ВС в Украине" [Prominent Russians call for investigation into AF's actions in Ukraine] (in Russian). Deutsce Welle. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  20. ^ Tairov, R. (9 September 2022). "Минюст признал иноагентами историка Эйдельман и журналистов Наки и Латынину" [Ministry of Justice recognises historian Eidelman and journalists Naki and Latynina as foreign agents] (in Russian). Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  21. ^ "Юлия Леонидовна Латынина" [Latynina, Y. L.] (in Russian). Yegor Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  22. ^ By the name of chess-like game in the novel.

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