Published Translations (selected)


“Unexpected Joy,” by Bulat Okudjava, ICARUS, Rosen Publishing, NY

“Forbidden Fruit,” by Fazil Iskander, TWO LINES 2000, San Francisco

“The Samaritan Woman of Trezvory,” by Ion Drutze, ICARUS, Rosen Publishing, NY

“Little Soldier,” by Chingiz Aitmatov, Formations, Northwestern University Press, IL

“The Shadow of a Flying Eagle,” by Kadyr Omurkulov, ICARUS, Rosen Publishing, NY


“The Explosion,” by Natasha Basin-Levina, Lilith, 2014

“The Myth of Pavlik Morozov,” by Y. Druzhnikov, ICARUS, Rosen Publishing, NY

“Cinematic Ukraine,” by Anatoly Strelyany, ICARUS, Rosen Publishing, NY


Solaris, by Andrei Tarkovsky (subtitles), The Criterion DVD Collection (translated from Russian into English)

Legal history:

“The Harriman Arbitration, Lloyd George, Lenin and Cannibals,” by V. V. Veeder QC (translated from English into Russian). Международный коммерческий арбитраж (2005)

“1922: The Birth of the ICC Arbitration Clause and the Anglo-Soviet Urquhart Concession's Demise,” by V. V. Veeder QC (translated from English into Russian). Международный коммерческий арбитраж (2006)

“Chancellor Wirth and the Mologoles Concession 1923–1927: the German-speaking Origins of the ICSID Convention,” by V. V. Veeder QC (translated from English into Russian). Вестник международного коммерческого арбитража (2011)


Court Rules of The London Court of International Arbitration,
LCIA Web site, London (translated from English into Russian)

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