Meet the Team

The Hosts

Oksana O'Neill Oksana O’Neill Oksana O’Neill has always been involved with languages, being the bilingual daughter of international parents. A native Russian and Ukrainian speaker, Oksana went to high school in Japan and continued her Asian experience by studying at Beijing Normal University for 5 years, majoring in Chinese language and Sinology. A speaker of five languages, Oksana has developed a vast knowledge on linguistics and language acquisition. She is happy to share her experience and help others in their language studies being a part of a wonderful team on!
Elena Elena Korobova I’m a native Russian speaker. I was born in Moscow but now I live in the French Alps, right near the Italian border. My greatest passion is learning and teaching languages, and I have long experience of teaching both English and Russian, in real life and on-line. I started giving one-to-one lessons of English when I was still at university, and I fell in love with teaching. As soon as I graduated, I did a TEFL course and went on to teach English in a language school near Moscow. On I work as a Russian teacher, a content developer and a community liason. Besides that, I’m a professional Russian tutor (I give one-to-one lessons of Russian via Skype). I’m also the owner of a web site for Russian learners where you can test your level and get a lot of free learning material. I like learning languages almost as much as I like teaching them so I know what being a student is like! I’m fluent in English and French, and I’m learning Italian at the moment. My other interests include literature, music and vegetarianism.
Eddie Johnston Eddie Johnston Eddie is originally from the UK, but has been living in Japan since 2001. He is currently a high school teacher in the Tokyo area. He did his degree in Russian, and lived in Moscow for a year. He has also lived in several countries in the Middle East. He enjoys playing 5-a-side football, taking photos, and a game of chess. He is really looking forward to being in the Russianpod101 team and learning from as well as along with the listeners.
Erik Fritz Erik Fritz Erik Fritz is currently a university lecturer in the Tokyo area. He has lived abroad in four countries, including the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan where he studied Russian for over two years. He enjoys playing tennis, mountain biking and a good game of Scrabble. He is excited to be a part of the RussianPod101 team and eager for the opportunity to learn from, and along with, the listeners!
Anna Lemeshkina Anna Lemeshkina Anna was born and raised in a Russian family in Uzbekistan, as her parents moved from Russia to Uzbekistan during the Soviet Union. After graduating from the University, where she studied International Economic Relations, Anna worked as a Loan officer at a commercial bank. As she was always interested in Japanese culture and language, she decided to study in Japan for her graduate degree. Currently, she is an MBA student of the Hitotsubashi ICS School in Tokyo and apart from studying enjoys traveling, singing and clubbing. She thinks that the opportunity to teach the Russian language in English while living in Tokyo is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and hopes to make it an unforgettable experience for the listeners and herself.
Alexander Alexander Semayev Hello to everyone!
I’m Alex. I’m a native Russian speaker. I have lived for a longtime in Ukraine, Poland and then in France. I love languages and I will do my best to teach the language that I love - Russian!
Troitskaya Natalia Troitskaya Natalia Natalia is a graduate of Khabarovsk Pedagogical University, where she earned the title of teacher of English and Japanese. She thinks of her work on as a unique opportunity to teach her native tongue and to share the richness of Russian culture. Natalia believes that, through teaching and learning languages, people can discover and re-discover their own culture, beliefs, and identities. She currently lives in Tokyo, and is working on a Ph.D. thesis about multilingualism.
Yura Yefymenko Yura Yefymenko Yura Yefymenko was born in Germany. Before age 10, he was lucky enough to have traveled most of Russia and to many eastern European countries. At age 14, he moved to New York, where he was able to perfect his English-language ability. He is currently living in Tokyo, Japan, where he enjoys learning about different aspects of Japanese language and culture. He also enjoys philosophy and loves to talk about social and political issues. Yura prides himself on his knowledge of cuisine and is always eager to try something new — at least once. He is very glad to be working with the team, and hopes that the listeners will enjoy his work as well.
svetlana Svetlana Polikarpova Svetlana is a native Russian speaker. Though she was born and grew up in Russia, her family roots trace back to South Korea, where some of her close relatives still live. Already having an international background, Svetlana decided to go ahead and learn some other languages. She is really enjoying being in an international environment so now she wants to work in an international field. So now Svetlana is doing a Master’s degree specializing in International Business with a focus on Global Marketing..
Elena Maliarenko Elena Maliarenko Elena was born in Murmansk, Russia, but is now living and working in Tokyo. She likes traveling and meeting new people. Her hobby is horse riding, and she has participated in various horse jumping competitions. While studying Japanese, Elena started to help other students learn Russian. Soon after, she joined Innovative Language, a company that creates products for studying different languages. Elena’s areas of specialization also include business Russian, as she has a strong and diverse legal background.
Yuriy Yermishov Yuriy Yermishov Yuriy was born in Odessa, Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Yuriy speaks English, Russian, and Japanese and has a passion for marketing, entrepreneurship and dance, and has been a b-boy/breakdancer for the past 10 years. Yuriy attended Baruch College, City University of New York and Temple University Japan; he majored in Business. Yuriy has been living in Japan for the past 4 years, and works behind the scenes at Innovative Language.
Anastasia Vasilyeva Anastasia Vasilyeva Anastasia was born in Saint Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Russia. She’s a Russian native speaker. Anastasia is currently studying the Japanese language in Tokyo. She is happy to help people from all over the world who want to learn Russian at
Anastasia Vasilyeva Yekaterina Yekaterina, or Katya for short, was born in Kiev. Since she was a kid, she has been interested in other languages and how people use them. With this interest in mind, she studied at National University in Kiev, and built up her dream of becoming a translator. She’s currently living in Japan. After work, she enjoys making presents and creating package designs for her presents. She’s happy to join the and meet listeners who want to learn Russian.
Fyodor Gladyshev Fyodor Gladyshev Fyodor was born in Novosibirsk City in Siberia. He speaks Russian, English, and Japanese. He attended Novosibirsk State Technical University and majored in regional study (Japan, Korea, China), and English and Japanese languages. Later, he went to the Japan Institute of Culture and Economics in Naha, Okinawa to study Japanese, before moving to Tokyo and continuing his Japanese studies at the Intercultural Institute of Japan. Fyodor is currently studying photography at Tokyo Visual Arts College, focusing on fashion photography. In the past, he taught Japanese in Moscow for around one year, and taught Russian in Japan for around a year as well. He has also worked as a model in Tokyo for more than two years. His interests include photography and traveling.