Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Blessed memory for a bright person and a wonderful friend

13.06.2021 Elena Borisovna Pokaninova passed away. For me, this news came as a real shock. It is impossible to believe that Lena, whom I knew from childhood, whose positive energy and kindness had no boundaries, left this world like that.

Elena Borisovna, Lena, during the years when I was the head of Kalmykia, she worked as my adviser for international cooperation and public relations. She travelled all over the republic. She helped compatriots, actively participated in their lives.
Lena loved to study and has always studied. And she generously gave all her knowledge to people. Lately she taught at MGIMO, was engaged in many social activities.
But today, when she is not with us, I want to say only one thing: I will miss her very much. All of us who knew her will miss her smile, infectious laughter, wonderful ideas aimed at improving this world, the life-giving positive energy that she radiated.

Lena was a truly kind and wise person, bright, courageous, and purposeful. She was a real friend. She was REAL. It is difficult to talk about her in the past tense.
Lena has wonderful daughters and a grandson; she was an excellent mother and grandmother. I offer my most sincere condolences to the family of Elena Borisovna. I sympathize with your grief. May the Lord bless and comfort you in these sorrowful days.