Nadya was born and raised in Russia and in the Republic of Georgia. Her childhood dreams were to become an archeologist, a ballet choreographer or a “philologist”. The former two were not too realistic because of poor vision and an outstanding degree of clumsiness. Traveling abroad was something she could do while growing up in the USSR (Poland was the only country she was allowed to visit. The rest of the world was out of reach). But in the last thirty years, Nadya traveled extensively, both for business and leisure. Paris and Florence remain the favorites. Today, she continues to split her time in the Republic of Georgia, the United States and Russia.
Growing up, with little interest or talent in subjects like math and physics, English language was her only choice in a limited selection of Soviet educational avenues. It brought her to her two favorite jobs – the first, in the Copyright Agency of the USSR in Moscow for seven years and the second, thirty-six years (and ongoing) with Nova. Meeting, working and corresponding with the most exciting people from different countries, fields and backgrounds remains one of her biggest joys.
She is grateful for the people who had and continue to have the greatest influences in her life – her late husband, her parents, Bishop Mitrophan Znosko, Merab Mamardashvili, Galina Ulanova, Grigory Pomerants, Ruslan Skrynnikov, and publishing legend Martin Levin.