Call me Alexei, not Alex

Alexei Sorokin
2 min readFeb 21, 2024

I’m slightly concerned that this story might come off as a bit melodramatic, but so be it. It’s genuine.

My Mom started this conversation today.

She told me several times in the past that when I was being named, she had in mind my namesake (Alexei or Alyosha) from Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. If you don’t know Russian, you might be surprised that my closest family members call me Alyosha (short for Alexei).

The Brothers Karamazov is my favorite book by the way, but I no longer feel like outpouring my admiration for it. In light…

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Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day. https://runningwritingliving.substack.com/