The Great Britain – Russia society is a charitable organisation which aims to promote cultural understanding between the UK and Russia.
Our aim is to hold a minimum of twelve topical, interesting and informative lecture meetings each year, at least one in each calendar month. We aim to invite leading specialists. Normally receptions will start at 6.1 5p.m. and the talks at either 6.45 p.m. or 7.00 p.m. to be followed by questions and discussion. Talks may cover also all the republics of the former USSR, many now members of the CIS. There will be three sessions per year (September-December, January-April, and May-July), and we aim to have at least one lecture per session in Russian.
We shall communicate with all paid up members three times a year, advising them of the meetings in the following session. The journal will be despatched at the same time. The books will be sent free of charge from the publisher to the reviewer, who will be allowed to keep the book, unless the reviewer is willing to augment our Society’s funds by offering the book for auction at one of our meetings (with a reserve price) or having it sold to a University Library.
We aim for a large, active and enthusiastic membership. We aim to recruit new members from amongst University undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates and academics. However, we shall welcome all new members who will abide by the Constitution of the Society, a copy of which can be made available to all paid up members. Like its predecessors the Society is dedicated to Anglo Russian dialogue in a spirit of friendship, frankness and objectivity, and the spread of knowledge, understanding and cultural exchanges. Bring some friends as guests and persuade them to become members! There is also a large community of Russians in London, possibly around 100,000 people.
We aim to keep membership subscriptions and the charges for meetings as low and as affordable as possible, and as a long term policy – in order to generate a vigorous revival in membership numbers.