Originally from Kansas, Ms. Bagot studied international relations at Stanford University. She developed an academic curiosity for the history of the USSR and modern-day Russia and relocated to Moscow State University in 2010 to become fluent in Russian. For the last two years she has been working as a business and finance translator for Interfax Information Services, a leading independent news source for international business leaders. Ms. Bagot specializes in upstream oil and gas in Russia and the CIS. When not working, she is working on a graduate degree in international business management.