Born in Moscow, Maria worked in journalism, advertising and on films big and small. For a few years she was the program director of the Texture Film Festival in Perm, Russia, and the editor-in-chief of the Russian magazines Action! and The Booker's Bulletin. Together with Max Tuula, she founded the Estonian production company Marx Film. The list of the documentaries she produced includes The Term by Pivovarov/Kostomarov/Rastorguev, their two-part documentary Kiev/Moscow (2014), My Friend Boris Nemtsov by Zosya Rodkevitch (the Golden Horn as the Best Documentary at Krakow IFF 2016), The Trial by Askold Kurov (Berlinale Special 2017) and How Big Is the Galaxy? by Ksenia Elyan (IDFA 2018). Producer of Signs of Life project at Radio Liberty and Current Time TV.