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Albert goes to work every day, doing medical billing. He lives in the New York borough of Queens.

“I love to hang out with my younger brother; he’s 17 and he’s the love of my life,” he says.

Real life may be more boring than TV, but not always.

A fight between two women in the cast erupted during interviews with The Associated Press at Rasputin.

“Get the (expletive) out!” screamed Marina Levitis, 35, who runs the glitzy cabaret with her lawyer husband.

The remark is aimed at Sveta Rakhman, a 47-year-old banker Levitis didn’t know before the series. The women developed a distaste for one another, displayed in a tense upcoming episode set in Rasputin.

The latest faceoff was over who would be interviewed first, with Rakhman ending up last “because she came last,” Levitis says angrily.

In the series debut, she, her husband and two young children walk out in the middle of an amateur belly-dancing performance by her 56-year-old mother-in-law, Eva Levitis. She “is just my husband’s mother. She’s nobody to me,” Levitis says in the episode.

In fact, “we’re a very close-knit family; everybody gets along just fine,” Marina Levitis later tells the AP. But “on TV, you have to shock people, otherwise they’re not going to watch it.”

Her mother-in-law brushes off the “she’s nobody” comment with a burst of laughter, explaining that the seeming hostility between them “does not exist, actually.”

When auditioning for the show and signing contracts, no one bargained for the negative reactions.

“Left the Volga, Kept the Vulgar,” read one newspaper headline.

Anna Khazanova, a 22-year-old commercial model, is wearing an ultra-short dress that gives her few options for sitting politely in front of an AP television camera. But she says there’s much more to her than meets the lens, including mentoring teenage girls who attend the modeling school she started and runs.

“Family means the world to me,” says Khazanova, who shared a bedroom with her older sister until the sibling went off to medical school recently. “I’ve been working since I’m 15, and helped support my family.”

Rakhman, the banker, welcomes any punches and hits right back.

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