If you watched Netflix’s hit series Inventing Anna, you’d be forgiven for getting a little too invested in the real Anna Sorokin’s life.
Whether you found her crimes vain or genius, one thing strands true – they were nothing short of fascinating, especially from a psychological standing. Conning New York’s upper echelon and playing the 0.01%’s game like a fiddle based on what Judge Diane Kiesel called “labyrinthe lies”? Not your run-of-the-mill scheme.
Moreover, the extents to which Sorokin allegedly went to, birth deeper conversations around topics that impact all of us (whether we realise it or not) and raise red flags about society’s agendas in the age of attention.
In recent news, the 31-old-year-old Sorokin has been released from prison. She was convicted in 2019 for several counts of larceny and theft, as per The Guardian, (not to mention, she stole a private jet).
Sorokin completed her jail time in February last year, but was then detained by immigration for a visa-overstay. This led to her being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for over a year.
Where is she now? She’s closer to the outside world than she’s been in a few years – albeit under house arrest.
Naturally, the question on everyone’s minds (at least those who followed her story) are who she will be now. Will Anna Delvy reemerge with a different facade? Or has Sorokin made peace with her past in light of a more honest future?
Sorokin had done several interviews after her trial, with the New York Times reporting that her tone had moved from defiance to almost apologetic.
In one of her latest interviews, the publication asked her a series of questions.
When asked what she’s most excited about now that she’s out of prison, Sorokin said “finding her way back,” although to what exactly wasn’t specified. She also commented on the “endless possibilities” for her ankle bracelet.
On matters of more substance, Sorokin was asked about her remorse.
“I definitely have a way different perspective now than I did when I came out the first time last February. It’s just impossible to have been through what I’ve been through without changing. I learned so much being in jail. There’s a very well-documented arc about how I’ve felt about everything. It wouldn’t be right if I were just to switch in one day. That would be very disingenuous. It’s a process. I am regretful about the way things played out. The way I’ve tried to see my experience is to learn from it: Who I am today is because of the decisions I made in the past.”
On her plans for her future, she shared ideas for her own podcast, commenting that “it was pretty hard to record anything high quality from jail.” Then there’s her book, which may comment on criminal-justice reform. As for where she’ll stay, New York is once again her playground (at least, her apartment is).
“Hopefully, ICE will see that New York will remain safe — even if one day I’m able to leave this apartment.”
Feature Image: Ben Rayer/ The New York Times