About

 Galina Achkasova-Portianoi

Galina Atchkassova-Portianoi

I was born & raised in Moscow but came to London in my teens, which in many ways helped to fuse my Russian soul with European mentality.

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 degree in journalism from London School of Journalism, I launched a website Galinka (A Curious Russian In London) at the end of 2009. I write on a variety of subjects, putting spotlight on brands and people with creative long-term vision & benefits to the consumer.

I also work with brands within beauty and wellness niche of the market in the consultanting capacity and enjoy wearing two hats: that of a customer, as well as beauty journalist. Not advertising on my website, not doing sponsored posts is a conscious choice. My views are my own, as I believe in being honest and open-minded.