She was born in Leningrad, studied at vocational school № 90. Then she went to Moscow and entered the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University, graduated in 1983 and has been working by profession ever since.
After graduating from the Faculty of Journalism, I was on a "free flight" for a long time, cooperating with various outlets as a journalist and photo correspondent.
Getting exactly into the epicenter of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, I learnt many things – both as a journalist and as a person.
I happened to be the only correspondent in Stepanakert when military units, including tanks and APCs, entered the town. It was very scary. I took videos from a car and the local police chief always shielded me with his back. But it was awfully scary – I realized that I could be torn to pieces at any moment and no one would even know what happened to me. I managed to take those films from Karabakh to France a bit later.