On June 18, 2011, the earthly way of Elena Bonner came to its end. It was a life of a great person in her sincere service to the ideals of freedom and dignity. We, representatives of civil societies of Russia and the European Union are mourning over this loss.

Life path of Elena Bonner, difficult and full of events, was exceptional. It was due not only to historical circumstances. Neither hardships of the war time nor withstanding the test of violence imposed by her own country that fell to the lot of Elena Bonner’s generation broke her will or enslaved her. Her whole life was riddled with pain for the man and his pride trampled.

Elena Bonner will always remain one of those life-filled symbols of our time, which will be eternal landmarks for future generations in their opposition to falsehood and violence.