New Release: A Week in the Life of Svitlana by Ajay Kamalakaran

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About the Book

It’s September 2015 and Moscow is witnessing its warmest autumn in living memory. Svitlana Khristenko, a patriotic Ukrainian with dual Russian-Ukrainian citizenship, chooses to live in Moscow, despite her conflicting loyalties. The never-ending political tensions between Svitlana’s two countries have created serious divisions in Moscow’s society with clear labels being assigned to those who choose a side. Despite her strong political views, all Svitlana wants is to adjust to the changes caused by a topsy-turvy Russian economy, while providing her daughter a good life.


Drawing from vivid post-Soviet life, Ajay Kamalakaran weaves a saga of satire and intrigue —- a unique look at contemporary Russian society.

About the Author

Ajay Kamalakaran is a journalist and travel writer based in Mumbai, India. A veteran on Russian affairs, he was the editor of Sakhalin Times in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from 2003-2007. Since 2011, he has been a columnist and editor with Russia Beyond the Headlines, an international multimedia publication, based in Moscow. He has also written Sakhalin Unplugged, the first English language guidebook for the Sakhalin region.

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