Ekaterina Barabash was born in Kharkov (present-day Ukraine). She graduated from the Philological Department of Moscow State University. Shortly after graduating she began writing about culture and cinema for a number of journals and newspapers. She has published in Megapolis-Ekspress, Obshchaia gazeta, Nezavisimaia gazeta, Vechernii klub, Vek. She was head of a department in the national Kul’tura channel. She currently works for the Russian Service of Radio France International, where she hosts a weekly program on culture and cinema. She is also a film critic for the daily Novye izvestiia.