Lifestyle & Belief

Writer Julia Ioffe on Drinking Rituals and Surprising Friendships in 'Sharp-Elbowed' Moscow


The New Republic's Julia Ioffe (Photo: Courtesy Julia Ioffe)

Russian-born journalist Julia Ioffe spent much of her childhood in Moscow.

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When she was seven-years-old her family upped stakes and headed to the US as Jewish refugees.

In 2009, she went back to Russia on a Fullbright scholarship.

Now after three years in Moscow she's returned to America and she's writing and talking about what drove her mad about life there, and what she's pining for now that she's back home.