Anastasia grew up in southern Russia during the last years of the Soviet Union. She graduated with a degree in English and German studies from Kubansky State University and worked as a fiction translator. A recipient of the British Government Chevening Award, she moved to England for postgraduate studies, and then to the US, earning her MFA in Writing from Pacific University. She's the author of “Russia: Putin's Playground” (Callisto Media, 2016). Her prose has appeared in the New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Project Syndicate Quartz, and World Literature Today. She lives in San Francisco and teaches Russian culture and history at UC Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.