Miriam Elder is an American journalist who is foreign and national security editor for BuzzFeed and formerly Moscow-based correspondent for The Guardian. Her writings have been published by The Sunday Telegraph, The Atlantic, the Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Moscow Times.
Elder is a native New Yorker, and resided in Moscow from 2006 to 2013. She is a graduate of Barnard College, and holds an MA in strategic studies and international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She covered Russian news and affairs for Agence France Presse from 2002-2003, and worked for the International Herald Tribune in Paris, France before moving to Moscow.
In Elder's writing for The Guardian, her commentary was frequently unflattering of Russian public figures, the current political climate and life in Moscow. In April 2012, Elder wrote an article critical of what she described as the epitome of Russian bureaucracy, stemming from an incident in which she attempted to retrieve her dry-cleaning after losing her ticket. The article prompted a response from Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who in a letter to The Guardian mocked Elder for her story and countered with a comparison to the bureaucratic difficulties Russians face when applying for British visas. Elder alleged his response was evidence of a return to Soviet-era whataboutism, and criticized Peskov for choosing to respond to a story on dry cleaning rather than the work she had done on corruption or the murder of Anna Politkovskaya.