About

 Galina Achkasova-Portianoi

Galina Atchkassova-Portianoi

I was born & raised in Moscow, but came to London in my early teens.

Having gained a degree in International Economic Relations at MGIMO, I continued my studies in London’s City University, choosing Banking & International Finance. After interning & working at several companies & banks, including Barclays, N M Rothschild’s & Euromoney Publications, I decided to switch direction, focussing on my love of reading & writing.

After gaining a postgrad journalism degree from London School of Journalism, I launched a website Curious Russian In London (now The Curiosity Gap) at the end of 2009. I write on a variety of subjects, putting spotlight on brands & creative people that are worthy of your attention in the information-overloaded world. My aim is to help you make informed choices, improve your life for the better and have an open dialogue on things that are important.

I also work with brands within beauty & wellness in the consultanting capacity and enjoy wearing two hats: that of a customer, as well as a journalist. Not advertising on my website, nor doing sponsored posts, is a conscious choice. My views are my own, based on my personal experiences and vast amount of research.

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