My name is Svetlana Podkolzina and I have been in the translation industry since 2003. I am a native speaker of Russian and my translation and localisation business specialises in providing skilled and reliable Russian language services based upon both professional work experience gained as well as academic expertise developed through my MA in Linguistics and Translation.

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It was at the age of 5 that I first started learning foreign languages and it’s been a life-long passion of mine to discover more about different cultures. I graduated from the Samara State University in Russia in 2003 with MA (Hons) in Germanic languages and literature (German and English) and began working on a large localization project in Moscow for one of the leading European ERP enterprises. This afforded me an invaluable insight into how translation affects the success of a business.

Between 2004 and 2010, I worked as in-house translator and project manager in Moscow and London, before moving to Portugal in 2011 when I started my own translation and localization business.

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I provide high-quality, professional translations from English into Russian, German into Russian and Portuguese into Russian. My areas of expertise are the following:

  • Business translation
  • Marketing translation
  • Financial translation
  • Legal translation
  • Technical translation

Proofreading & QA

As a native speaker, I have an excellent knowledge of Russian and an ability to transform the text so that it sounds both idiomatic and fluent. I also have a keen eye for detail and can guarantee that your documents are free from inconsistencies, spelling or grammatical errors.

In my work I use CAT tools, such as SDL Trados Studio, XTM, Catalyst, Multilizer and others, according to the specific project requirements.

Language Consultancy

This area of professional practice includes a wide range of services:

  • Creation of glossaries and keyword lists
  • Concept testing
  • Cultural suitability checks
  • Information gathering and clarification of language-specific questions.


“Svetlana provides very high quality work and is a very pleasant person to work with. I definitely recommend her services and look forward to the next project!”
Translation company, Netherlands

“Excellent translation and speed”
Packaging equipment company, Canada

“Great support when time is rough! Always there, very professional.”
Translation company, Germany

“In Russia, countless numbers of caregivers for countless numbers of children have little access to quality care education in their own language. I therefore give my special thanks to the fine translation of the Russian version, which hopefully will spread across your country.”
Non-profit organization, Denmark

“A real pleasure to work with Svetlana! Always quick to reply and delivers on time. Always very helpful.”
Translation company, Spain