Anna Berkut
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The Russia Project
The Free Spirit
In 1990 Anna was a 22-year-old, free-spirited translator for a group promoting US-Soviet dialogue. By the mid-1990s she had morphed into a tough businesswoman and part owner of a travel agency, nightclub, and magazine. Then the mafia demanded protection money, and the entire enterprise collapsed. She was then appointed editor-in-chief of a new arts magazine in 1998. But before the first issue hit the stands, the Russian economic crisis wrecked the economy and her job. Today she is an impoverished freelance magazine writer trying to put her shattered life back together.