Yulia Latynina (1966-) is a famous Russian journalist, well-known (and infamous in certain circles) for her outspoken opposition to the Russian government, somewhat jaded version of classical liberal political views and aptitude for accessible and competent economical analysis (as she is primarily an economic journalist).

She also writes books, [[SignatureStyle which generally feature]] [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Worlds]] (which are often either modern Russia or clearly based on it, [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory or so many people tend to interpret it]]), consequent BlackAndGrayMorality, successful {{Evil Plan}}s and the far cynical side on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism.

Aside from standalone stories and novels, Latynina is primarily known for three of her long novel cycles:
* The Veyan Empire ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or the Empire of Weia]], or whatever), basically a deconstruction of (or homage to?) [[Creator/StrugatskyBrothers It's Hard To Be A God]], mixed with a historical treatise and medieval Chinese novels. Basically Social Science Fiction.
* To Hunt An Elk (aka the Oligarch Saga), about a [[VillainProtagonist successful businessman]] in [[TheNewRussia modern Russia]]. Definite case of BlackAndGrayMorality, as he is, well, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive an oligarch]] who explicitly dabbles in extralegal activities, but he's generally kind enough to his allies and definitely has some moral standards, while his enemies are usually much more nasty.
* The Caucasian Cycle, in a similar vein, about a pious Chechen AntiHero who fights both terrorists and corrupt Russian bureaucrats (honestly never really read that one, so if anyone has anything to add...).