Elena combines her position in the accounts department at Graphic News with building and supporting Graphic News' Russian portfolioAlthough Elena began her journey in a small Siberian village, she moved to Moscow when she got her first job, working in the secretarial team of Boris Yeltsin in the Russian Parliament. She then transferred to the Transdnistrian Parliament (Moldova) as a secretary to the President, studying part-time for a finance degree.

A yearning to travel took her to Germany as an au pair, but there she met her future husband and followed him to England where she started her own beautician business. A chance meeting with Julie Mullins from Graphic News resulted in her recruitment to support their Russian customers. Discovering her financial background, she was then encouraged to study for English accountancy qualifications.