|Books character||TV character|
|“||If we get out of this, we have to find a way to understand each other, to explain why we made the choices that we did. It is the only way that we can let go of the hate. Hate is a burden. You don't have to carry it with you.||„|
|— Anna Volovodov|
Reverend Doctor Annushka "Anna" Volovodov is a citizen of Earth and an old acquaintance of United Nations Secretary-General Esteban Sorrento-Gillis. She was instrumental in the exposing and removal of Sadavir Errinwright for crimes of treason, and later in successfully uniting Earthers, Martians, and Belters in common cause during the Slow Zone Incident.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Anna was born and raised on Earth, and spent much of her youth as a political activist and protestor, together with her then-friend Esteban Sorrento-Gillis. According to Avasarala, Anna was Sorrento-Gillis's conscience during his early political activity, and she wrote the speech that started his professional career as a politician.
She eventually left her activist days behind, got married to Nono and became a minister and head pastor of a congregation within the UN jurisdiction in St. Petersburg. Anna and her wife run the congregation together, where they devote their time and efforts to help the local community both spiritually and with much-needed aid and resources.
The two of them have a young daughter named Nami.
Throughout the series[edit | edit source]
"IFF"[edit | edit source]
Anna arrives before the UN amidst war protesters. She observes the military police assault a group that come through the barricade. She is struck by one as she tries to pull him off the injured protester named Colin but her escorts quickly restrain the MP. She instructs another MP, Michael, to escort Colin to the nearby first aid station to get treatment for a fractured wrist/forearm. In exchange for her help writing persuasive speeches to sway the population for the Secretary-General, Anna secured financial backing for her church's free clinic to assist "undocumenteds".. At the dinner table with SG and Sadavir Errinwright, she reminds everyone that collectively punishing JPM's family is a war crime
Anna works on the speech for SG and voices her opinion that a good leader seeks to minimize casualties. This leads SG to initially refrain from destroying the Martian stealth platforms but Errinwright manipulates him to reconsider. When a malfunction leads to the delay that allows the Martians to deploy a missile which kills 2M Amazonian lives, Errinwright is quick to shed blame on Anna.
"Reload"[edit | edit source]
Errinwright has Anna sit up front and observe the Secretary-General's delivery of the speech, but it quickly becomes apparent that Errinwright has changed that speech making the SG his puppet of war. Anna is furious, chastises Sorrento-Gillis, and then prepares to return to her wife but receives the incriminating video of Errinwright.
"Immolation"[edit | edit source]
Anna presents video evidence to Sorrento-Gillis and demands he do the right thing. Errinwright doesn't deny evidence and tells Anna that he did it all for Earth, unlike the SG who did it for his narcissistic sense of legacy. Anna's joy is shattered when Esteban's next remarks prove Errinwright's assessment of the Sec.Gen. completely spot-on accurate.
"Delta-V"[edit | edit source]
"Intransigence"[edit | edit source]
When Avasarala sends everyone home, Anna asks Tilly to help her stay. She also tries to help Cortez stay but he declines. They witness Lt. Jordaan Nemeroff arrest an ensign marine attempting to desert rather than proceed through the gate. She tries to talk to Melba but the latter is not confiding in her.
"Dandelion Sky"[edit | edit source]
A terrified Lt. Nemeroff attempts to seek counsel from Anna but she dismisses him. She later is asked to speak at his memorial after he commits suicide. She advises Tilly to help Clarissa.
"Fallen World"[edit | edit source]
Anna is jolted from her nap to find the carnage aboard the Thomas Prince. She trails a group of injured passengers to the mess hall where she talks to a medic. When she volunteers to use her nursing skills to help treat the wounded, she is informed that she'd be better off using her spiritual counseling skills to ease pain since the lack of gravity precludes typical healing. She can only help lead those with broken limbs to the nearest medical bay. She does so for Melba. She goes to help Tilly who explains Melba is Clarissa and she's trying to kill Holden and anybody who gets in her way. Anna pursues Clarissa to the Rocinante then tases and incapacitates her rescuing Naomi in the process.
"Congregation"[edit | edit source]
Anna successfully dissuades Amos from executing Clarissa and they bring the scheming daughter of Jules-Pierre Mao to the Behemoth. Anna uses her nursing experience and works in the emergency medical services in the Belter battleship which hosts them. Amos explores an affinity and shared personality trait with her. All the while, she struggles to empathize for Clarissa knowing that among all the deaths she caused it was Tilly's that aroused Anna's prejudice the most.
Amos enlists Anna's help to enact Holden's plan and she convinces Monica to help. Broadcasting to all the ships in orbit of the Ring Station, she urges the crews to turn off their reactors to convince the station they're not a threat. This has the effect of reactivating the Ring network. Anna soon joins the crew of the Rocinante, tending to a wounded Clarissa, as the Roci travels through the Sol Ring to return to Earth.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Anna is kind and empathetic, but also resolute and unwavering in the face of adversity. She has a strong sense of ethics and a gentle, understanding disposition, always trying to see the best in other people. Though she often advocates for peace and compassion, Anna has been shown to be perfectly capable of leaping into action and using force when necessary, such as when she saves Naomi's life by attacking Clarissa.
As a pastor and a minister, Anna is faithful and devout, and her role as a spiritual leader has instilled her with a sense of wisdom and an awareness of other people's inner worlds. She is renowned for her talent with words and her ability to inspire and persuade others, though she has a humble approach to leadership and prefers to advise from the sidelines rather than be the center of power herself.
Anna believes that her purpose in life is to be there for people when they need her. While her demeanor is most often down-to-earth, she also has an adventurous side, which has sometimes clashed with and overcome her morality; Her excitement over the discovery of the ring gates makes her break her promises to her family and neglect Lieutenant Nemeroff's reaching out for her help, which results in his suicide, something that causes Anna much guilt as she feels that she failed him.
In certain occasions, Anna can be judgmental or even spiteful, such as when she confronts Clarissa after her vengeful rampage, coldly demeaning her and telling her that she doesn't view her as a person. Despite this, Anna seems to recognize her own shortcomings, admitting that her anger and desire to punish Clarissa are selfish and ultimately forgiving Clarissa and helping her repent.
Memorable quotes[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
|1 "Fight or Flight"||Absent|
|3 "Assured Destruction"||Appears|
|5 "Triple Point"||Absent|
|8 "It Reaches Out"||Appears|
|10 "Dandelion Sky"||Appears|
|11 "Fallen World"||Appears|
|13 "Abaddon's Gate"||Appears|
Media[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- As of the time immediately following the release of the season 3 "First Look Featurette", it appears "Bull" and "Cortez" roles have been subsumed into other characters. Superficially, Cortez's background appears to have merged into that of Anna Volovodov who is now an "old friend" of Secretary-General Esteban Sorrento-Gillis.
- The TV adaptation of Anna does not retain the red hair of her original book counterpart but she does retain her family unit of a wife and daughter. They appear to reside on St. Petersburg, Earth as opposed to having her congregation be on the Jovian moon Europa. As such, they are able to communicate over live video chat while Anna is working with S.G.
- The fact that Anna's last name is Volovodov (masculine) instead of Volovodova (feminine in Russian) may indicate that this thousand-year-old naming convention was abandoned by the time of the events in the series -- or that the writers were either unaware of it, or looking to make a point of it.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Secretary-General Esteban Sorrento-Gillis
- Undersecretary Sadavir Errinwright
- Namono 'Nono' Volovodov
- Namono 'Nami' Volovodov
- Tilly Fagan
- Hector Cortez
- Jordaan Nemeroff
- Senior Officer Sison
- UN MP "Michael"
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- This is a reference to residents who do not have official records in the government database. Since all inhabitants are citizens, they are all entitled to "Basic" but choose a life outside the system