Larisa Alexandrovna

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Larisa Alexandrovna (born December 7, 1971 in Odessa, Ukraine) is a journalist, essayist, poet. She has served as the Managing Editor of Investigative News of Raw Story for the last three years, and contributes opinion and columns to online publications such as Alternet. She is also an American blogger Huffington Post and for her own journalism blog, at-Largely. Alexandrovna has had her work references in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Newsweek among others.

Trivia

  • Part of the Neo-Modernist movement, Alexandrovna uses her patronymic as her pen name instead of her surname. Alexandrovna claims to have gotten an F on purpose in her college Existentialism class, in "protest of having to be tested on angst."[1]

Background

Alexandrovna was born in the Soviet Union to Jewish parents Aleksander Yurovich, a physicist, and Klavdia Borisovna, and accountant, where Jews were discriminated against by the state. She has written of her childhood that even as a child, she was able to understand that her family was treated differently:

"What I was given was not what one would call edible or even in a class of food-like products. Again I did not tell my parents, because again I feared something terrible would happen should they react. I was six and I knew this. But my continued weight loss had my mother so concerned that she began selling off the little she had in jewelry in order to bribe my school officials to feed me, with food, the same food, served the same way, as the other children.

Most Americans, especially white Americans, would never understand this and have no clue what racism, anti-Semitism, and hate are and what damage real hate can do. They faint in public when someone makes a slur but say nothing about US prisons populated with minorities." Mirror Mirror - The Passion of Hypocrites

The family came to the United States after traveling an "entire year maneuvering our way throughout Europe in the common trajectory of Soviet refugees at the time."[2]

Alexandrovna attended Cleveland State University where she majored in English and Creative Writing. It was during this time that she was the poetry editor for the Cleveland Review and worked with Russian poet Zoya Folkova to translate her work into English. She also developed a lifelong friendship with her writing mentor, Dr. Alberta Turner:

"Larisa formed a life long friendship with Alberta Turner, who taught at Oberlin College as well as CSU, and who is truly a "great soul." Larisa has also developed a life-long reading love affair with Nabokov, Marquez, Allende, Gogol, Akhmatova, and Tennesse Willimas, to name a few."[3]

Alexandrovna has said that she spent time working for a local Russian newspaper in Cleveland, covering local news and culture. In the mid 1990's, she moved to New York to work at Nasdaq, which she has said was a bad decision.[4]

Writing career

Larisa Alexandrovna initially published only poetry and short fiction. During the 2000 election, she has said that she formally began to write opinion and news pieces. She first became recognized for her reporting after she wrote an investigative piece about election fraud in Ohio [5], which was later cited in What went wrong in Ohio, a report published by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and since has been cited in several prominent articles, including in Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s controversial Rolling Stone article, Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Later articles on election fraud and domestic politics [6], included covering the Real ID Act [7], did not gain much attention domestically. But it was a series of articles on the pre-war intelligence on Iraq and alleged illegal activities of the US Department of Defense that gained international readers and gained Alexandrovna respect as an investigative journalist.

Iraq War

Articles on Iran

Plamegate

Notes

^ Conyers Letter to FBI, US House Judiciary

^ Was the 2004 Election Stolen?, Rolling Stone

^ Questions surface regarding legitimacy of Baker-Carter election reform commission, Raw Story


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