Arshinova led the political youth organization Breakthrough (Russian: Proriv) which defends the independence of Transnistria with close ties to Russia, and opposes union with Moldova. She has written articles for the Transnistrian news agency Lenta PMR. In December 2005 Arshinova was interviewed by the German news magazine Der Spiegel. In 2009 she was a fellow of the John Smith Memorial Trust programme for democracy and good governance.
In 2007, Alena Arshinova moved to Moscow for postgraduate work in sociology at Lomonosov University. Her dissertation is entitled "Youth Extremism in Russia". She has become involved in Russian politics. On 22 December 2010, Arshinova was elected as co-chairman of the co-ordinating council of the Young Guard of United Russia ("Molodaya Gvardia"), the youth wing of Russia's ruling party. For the 2011 Russian legislative election, she contested a seat in the State Duma.
- www.tiras.ru Lenta PMR News Agency Website
- Ché Guevara lebt - in Transnistrien, Der Spiegel, 12.12.2005
- Alena Arshinova, John Smith Memorial Trust (www.johnsmithmemorialtrust.org). Retrieved on 7 October 2011.
- Putins schöne, junge Garde – Ablösung für die Abnicker-Apparatschiks ("Putin's beautiful young guard – Replacement of the Nod-through apparatchiks"), Spiegel Online, 3 October 2011 (German). Retrieved on 7 Oct 2011.
- Faces of the new Europe: Alena Arshinova
- Portrait & Interview (in Russian)
- Transnistria's Breakthrough
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