In the middle of the 1990's Elena Pogrebizhskaya worked as news reporter at a national Russian TV station - Chanel 1. Elena covered events in the Kremlin and interviewed President Boris Eltsin. When war broke out in the Balkans, Elena and her news crew were present on both sides of the conflict, in Albania and in Serbia. Elena reported on the war in Chechnya, including from refugee camps. After Putin became President, Elena left the news field because she decided that that work became too muddied. Elena then decided to become a rock star and her rock group recorded 4 albums, selling one hundred thousand discs. Now, Elena Pogrebizhskaya is working on making documentary films. Her films "Blood Trader" and "Doctor Liza" received the "Taffy" award in 2008 and 2009 for Best Russian Documentary Film.