Our team

Every episode two Russian hosts lead you through the tricky Russian grammar and vocabulary and then tell you some interesting and useful stuff about Russia.

One of the hosts, Masha or Tanya, is a professional teacher of Russian who prepares lessons for you according to a special program and explains you new rules step by step. The second host, Nikita, helps you to keep all these things in your head and tries to make your studies more entertaining and easy.
All our hosts are Moscow residents, so RusPod gives you a deep insight into nowadays everyday life in Russia.

The text lessons on the website, prepared by our third teacher Daria, give you detailed information on what you’ve just heard in the podcast and much more. Daria gives you additional explanations and tables, more examples, more useful tips and links. She also writes exercises for each lesson so that you can check if you inderstood everything clearly.

Maria Dmitrieva

Maria Dmitrieva podcast host (Survival and Beginner levels)

Hi, my name is Masha. I graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University and work at the same place as a teacher of Russian as a Foreign Language. I have also had an experience of giving both individual and group classes at different language centers.

As for my hobbies, they include both Russian and foreign literature, art, cinema, and intellectual team games. I am a captain of one of MSU teams for "What? Where? When?" which is a very popular intellectual team game in Russia. Besides, I am interested in traveling and sightseeing and have traveled a lot in Russia and abroad. I like meeting new people, getting to know other cultures and understanding other people’s world outlook. And that’s exactly what my profession gives me – I have worked with lots of different people from different countries since my graduation, and I really love it!

Although Russian is hard, I think it’s a very beautiful language, and many of my students have learned to love and enjoy it. I hope you will also fall in love with this language sooner or later :-)


Tatyana Volkova

Tatyana Volkova podcast host (Elementary and Basic levels)

Hi, my name is Tanya and I'm a philologist. I've studied Russian as a foreign language in Moscow State Lomonosov University and now I'm getting a postgraduate degree in the field. Some people are still surprised to hear that: studied Russian? Aren't you Russian?  I am, I am, but looking  at your mother tongue from a point of view of a foreigner turned out to be more interesting than I could imagine.

As a philologist I have a weird passion for languages and at different times I was learning several modern European, Asian and Slavonic languages along with some dead ones. As a teacher of Russian I was lucky to meet  people from all parts of the world. All that helped me to better understand the peculiarities of Russian language and mentality. Some years of  a teaching experience both in Russia and the USA made me to admit: Russians do  speak kind of a difficult yet a very rich language.

Now that I know how to do that, I would like to help the brave ones to go through all the tricky moments of Russian grammar and make a "mysterious Russian soul" a little less mysterious.  Let's give it a shot!


Nikita Petrov

Nikita Petrov podcast host

Hey, my name is Nikita and, as opposed to the ladies here, I am not a Russian teacher, but a certified integrated circuit engineer. However, I have never engineered a single integrated circuit in my life, and I doubt that I will.

My first office job, that I got at the age of 21, happened to be in digital marketing. After working in this area for two years and changing a couple of companies, I finally realized there's no way Bill Hicks' ghost would stop haunting me quoting his "BTW, if anyone here is in advertising, kill yourself" bit. So just when the job started to look like a career, I had to quit and try something new.

I have never taught Russian as a professional teacher. I do, however, have several English, American, and Mexican friends, and I try to help them out with the struggles that this country and its language puts them through.

I am happy to work on this podcast. Though it is quite intimidating for me as a person (it does involve talking into a microphone, pretending like I know what I’m doing), it also makes it easier to fall asleep at night. I think Bill Hicks would not be too angry with me anymore.


Daria Pimenova

Daria Pimenova lesson writer

Hi, my name is Daria and I'm a teacher of Russian and English. I studied languages in Moscow and Germany (teaching degree from the Lomonosov State University and M.A. from the University of Tubingen), and I've been teaching Russian in Germany for several years.

The one and only student I've so far failed to teach fluent Russian is my Anglophone husband — hard luck here, but I'm still not giving up. Our kids are trilingual though, and that I regard as one of my best teaching accomplishments.

I find working on the Ruspod podcasts intellectually stimulating and challenging, as well as fun, and I hope you'll share this sentiment.