Tatiana Yankelevich graduated in Russian Literature from the University of Moscow, and in 1977 moved to the United States with her family to escape pressure from the kgb. During the eighties and nineties, she worked teaching Russian history and literature at different US universities. She has constantly focused her efforts on defending the cause of her stepfather, writer and 1975 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Andrei Sakharov, in the United States and different European countries. She has also edited and translated part of his work.