Having studied foreign literature and worked as a schoolteacher, Yekaterina made a drastic career change four years ago: She became a cop.
Inspired by her brother, a Moscow homicide detective, she was full of idealism when she joined the force.
“I came here to fight for justice,” Yekaterina, 26, said in a recent interview during her night shift at a local precinct.
These days, however, Yekaterina, a police detective in northern Moscow, prefers to hide what she does for a living. When she heads home at night, she dons a jacket to conceal her police uniform.
“I don’t want to hear people talking about how corrupt we are,” she said.