The message of your death came as quite a shock to me. We had sent messages to each other on WhatsApp. Especially during the weeks & months after Russia invaded Ukraine, that was a channel for you to share thoughts and vent your frustration, anger and fear.
I was so relieved that you had finally left Russia for Israel which meant that you had access to good health care and also that you could breathe more freely. Also time for you to enjoy the perks of good life (wine and olives) under the Mediterranean sun.
I still can’t believe you are no longer around. I sent a message to you on WhatsApp in the hope you would reply… wishful thinking!
it was a great pleasure knowing you. You were always full of joy and life. It was wonderful meeting with you several times in Moscow over many years. The last time was during my month’s stay in Moscow in June 2019 to learn Russian and RSL. Many thanks for your assistance with getting me registered at Moscow State Linguistic University! It was fun meeting with you and Tanya (and team) often during that month.
You will be sorely missed. The Russian and international deaf & sign language community has lost a great defender. However, your important work will live on in our communities. Your impact in the field of sign language and interpretation is immeasurable. So many thanks for everything you did for us all.
I am sure we will meet again. In the meantime, rest in peace and watch over us. Warm hugs.
My heartfelt condolences to your family.