In 2010 Elena won a place at the Faber Academy's Creative Writing Programme, an intense 6-month course on creative writing offered by a leading UK publishing house, Faber & Faber.

Her first novel, a psychological thriller, THE GENE THIEF, is the product of the course. The plot revolves around a series of murders, which connect the ancient Chinese Terracotta Army to the modern day research on human immortality. Set in London and China and interwined with true historical events, it explores the timeless themes of age, the fear of getting old and the quest for eternal youth.

Elena has degrees from Harvard University (Boston, MA) and the Sorbonne (Paris, France) where she studied French literature and languages as well as history & law. Since then she has practised "creative" writing (to tight deadlines) for several years as a lawyer.

She had published a book on International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law (Economy & Law, 2000) about the impact of the financial crisis of 1998-2001 and a number of articles on various topics between 2000 and 2003. 

Elena appeared in the theatre production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Tricycle Theatre, London, in 2008. She has also won the Fulbright Writing Competition and the Miss Moscow beauty contest.





On a research trip for her novel (The Great Wall, China)