Jana Bakunina

Writer, journalist and broadcaster based in London.

Jana Bakunina is a writer, journalist and broadcaster based in London. Her memoir, Bird's Milk (Troubador, 2017) is out now.
Putin And Trump: The View From

Putin And Trump: The View From Russia

People in Russia are at the mercy of the state-controlled media. People in the West needn't be. If this is the new Cold War, then the West would do well to remember what had helped it to bring down the Berlin Wall and diffuse tensions at the end of the last century.
27/03/2017 11:55 BST
Who Will Rule

Who Will Rule "the Internet of Things"?

A subject of science fiction just a couple of years ago, "internet of things" or "IoT", referring to connected devices, collecting data and interacting with users and each other, is now entering mainstream consumer vocabulary.
10/09/2015 10:47 BST
Immigrants Beyond

Immigrants Beyond Headlines

European immigrants who arrived in the UK since 2000 have contributed more than £20bn to UK public finances between 2001 and 2011. European immigrants from the EU-15 countries contributed 64% more in taxes than they received in benefits.
12/02/2015 12:08 GMT
Ladies Who Impress Say

Ladies Who Impress Say #NoMorePage3

Back when I signed the petition a couple of years ago, I imagined my goddaughter, who turned five last week, growing up, coming across The Sun one day and wondering why a mainstream newspaper would display a photo like that.
23/01/2015 10:56 GMT
I Wanted to Be 'One of the

I Wanted to Be 'One of the Lads'

It is with benefit of meeting and listening to talented, successful and grounded women that I can confidently say that pitfalls of 'lad culture' at universities or at work can be avoided if only we did more to celebrate female role models and put them into the spotlight for the benefit of both young women <em>and</em> men at the beginning of their careers.
14/10/2014 11:18 BST
Let's Put Inspiring Women Into the

Let's Put Inspiring Women Into the Spotlight!

The reason I champion daring, ingenious women is because their stories make me feel that I too can make the most of my talents, aim higher and dream bigger. Let's celebrate women and get inspired to challenge ourselves.
16/06/2014 15:10 BST
A Girl Who Left the

A Girl Who Left the City

Polly Courtney was a corporate broker at Merrill Lynch, advising FTSE 100 companies, when she started writing a book about her experiences in the City. Golden Handcuffs is an exposé of what it is like to be a junior banker in the Square Mile. Polly left the City to write five more novels, the latest being Feral Youth, set in South London during 2011 riots. She is now working on a script to bring Feral Youth to screen.
10/06/2014 11:28 BST
Bhutan - Is It Worth

Bhutan - Is It Worth It?

Many come to Bhutan chasing a dream of Seven Years in Tibet featuring butter lamps, prayer wheels, Buddhist chants, monks clad in red ropes and even Brad Pitt. Some are on a quest for mountain trails unspoilt by the tourist infrastructure, nowadays prevalent in India, China and Nepal.
27/05/2014 12:18 BST
(A Practical Guide to)

(A Practical Guide to) Confidence

To build up confidence from within we are advised to put it on and wear it "like make-up" and "fake it until you make it". Although eloquent on paper, such advice isn't particularly useful. Is there anything more practical to help us feel more confident ahead of a nerve-wrecking interview or an important presentation?
19/03/2014 12:42 GMT
Women Who Went Crazy (for an Idea) and Launched it

Women Who Went Crazy (for an Idea) and Launched it Too

It takes a great deal of courage to launch a new idea, plunge into unfamiliar waters and break the code of what is perceived to be normal. Quit a stable job to pursue a dream but a preposterous calling, and you'll read doubt and skepticism between the lines of the most generous <em>Sorry You're Leaving Card</em>. Break a convention and you'll face an army of raised eyebrows.
13/01/2014 12:38 GMT
'Tis the Season of Giving

'Tis the Season of Giving Back

'Tis the season of being generous, and so we hop to the High Street and stress over presents or punch in credit card details online, enticed by 'now-or-never' deals. In this pre-Christmas rush it is easy to focus too much on ticking the boxes and lose the bigger picture of gratitude, kindness and the art of giving back.
20/12/2013 10:35 GMT
The Name of the Game Is a

The Name of the Game Is a Start-App

Today the only acceptable answer to this question among the 'cool' brigade is to be involved in a start-up, preferably your own. And you'd better be tech-savvy and based somewhere near Silicon Roundabout (for those not 'in the know', that would be in Shoreditch).
18/11/2013 14:45 GMT
What's Wrong With Hard

What's Wrong With Hard Work?

It seems to me that the concept of hard work is regarded as a bit of a loser. I'd rather get complimented for being talented than for being hard-working, would not you? Compare: "Jana, you are seriously talented!" to "Jana, you work so hard, it's amazing!" - I know which praise sounds sexier to me.
21/10/2013 17:48 BST
Meet the

Meet the Russians

It came to my attention that a new show, <em>Meet The Russians</em>, is launching on Fox in late September. Understandably, as a Russian living in London, I am horrified.
18/09/2013 13:11 BST
Why Men Need Female Role

Why Men Need Female Role Models

Of course, power-hungry, war-playing, point-scoring women do exist but they don't make role models, at least not in my books. The women I find inspiring are different. They are successful yet grounded. They achieve their goals but admit challenges along the way.
09/09/2013 12:14 BST
Why I Want To Grill a

Why I Want To Grill a Dietician

The media, be it periodicals or the internet, are notorious for feeding us latest diets, allegedly responsible for the fortunate looks of this or that celebrity. Television is flooded with sometimes baffling adverts of over-processed yet supposedly healthy products such as cereals or sugary yogurts.
02/09/2013 18:43 BST
Too Eager To

Too Eager To Please

Last week a summer intern at a global investment bank in London died after allegedly working for 72 hours without sleep. He was 21. Whilst Moritz Erhardt's parents are trying to come to terms with this tragedy, the coroners in East London are investigating the exact cause of death...
27/08/2013 11:16 BST