Tolstoy expert, actor and Russia enthusiast (and fluent speaker), Dr. Andy Kaufman has been bringing alive the Russian classics to Americans for over 10 years. Andy first discovered Tolstoy at Amherst College, where he majored in Russian Literature. He developed fluency in Russian, moved to the country, and enrolled at Moscow State University to study and research Tolstoy with Russian scholars. He made a point of living in many of the places featured in Tolstoy's novels.

Through his deep, real-life immersion in Russian culture, Andy realized that the depth and richness of the Russian soul as reflected in the classics provides a positive example of meaningful living in the face of adversity and despair. He shared his insights on a nation-wide talk show in Russia and in an article he published in one of Russia's largest national magazines.

When he returned to the U.S., Andy completed his Ph.D. in Russian Literature at Stanford and wrote his doctoral dissertation about Tolstoy's novels. He has published scholarly articles about Tolstoy, he has taught college students and adults, and he has been a frequent featured guest on Talk America Radio.

Andy trained and worked as a professional actor for five years. He draws on his acting skills to create captivating and enlightening talks and inspirational readings from the Russian classics. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Andy is writing a book about Tolstoy's relevance for positive, everyday living. To learn more about Andrew, visit his website at


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