The woman who brought contemporary Russian literature to the masses. Celebrated literary critic Elena Makeenko dies at 32

On August 11, the celebrated literary critic Elena Makeenko passed away in Israel after fighting cancer for two years. Makeenko, 32, was central to two major literary projects: the online journal Gorky and the educational resource Polka. She also curated the Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair. Meduza literary critic Galina Yuzefovich remembers Makeenko’s exceptional life and work.