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Upcoming event 30th October 2017

Dear membership I am forwarding you a link to an event being organised by Larissa of the Anglo-Russian club which might be of interest to you. It’s not a GBR event ……… Friday, NOV 3, Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street, London SE16 4HZ, 19:30 Pablo Neruda and the Soviet Union “I have never thought of my life as divided between poetry and politics,” Pablo Neruda said when he accepted his presidential candidacy from the Chilean Communist Party. He was a prolific writer whose works ranged from sensual love poems to historical epics. Hailed as a poet for the common…

Message for members attending the Caledonian club lecture 10th October 2017

Please could all members who have booked to attend the Caledonian club lecture in October please send details of their home addresses to the Caledonian club. These are required because the Russian ambassador will be attending the talk. Thanks in advance.

Caledonian Club lecture 8th August 2017

Dear Member, I am attaching details of a very interesting talk at the Caledonian Club at the end of October.  Members of the Great Britain- Russia Society would be very welcome.   Please mention my name, and as you see you can attend the talk on its own or also have dinner at the Club afterwards. Kind regards,  Stuart Thom, Chairman

BEARR Trust Music in Offices Choir Competition 8th August 2017

  Dear colleagues, You are cordially invited to join us for a fabulous concert in London’s Covent Garden on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 7.30pm. Come to enjoy the roof-raising performances by the winning choirs of this year’s Music in Offices Choir Competition and contribute to the valuable work of the BEARR Trust to help improve the health and social welfare of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South Caucasus.  The organisers, The Brandenburg Choral Festival, will donate £9 to BEARR for every ticket that we sell to our supporters. Tickets cost £18 (unreserved seats) or £23…

Radio 3 Rebirth of the Russian Orthodox Church 4th August 2017

Forwarded from Michael Bourdeaux: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, which also inaugurated a massive persecution against religion. At the beginning of the century the BBC commissioned me to make a series of  programmes celebrating the rebirth of the Russian Orthodox Church, one of which marked the 300th anniversary of the founding of St Petersburg in 2003. Radio 3 broadcast this in the “Choral Evensong” slot on Wednesday, 2 August, at 3.30 pm, to be repeated on the Feast of the Transfiguration (Sunday 6 August at 3 pm). Do listen if you can –…

talk this Tuesday 21st May 2017

Dear fellow members of the Great Britain-Russia Society Our first lecture, which is illustrtaed, will be given this Tuesday May 23rd at The Open Russia Club, 16 Hanover Square, Mayfair (very near to Oxford Circus tube Station) at 6.30 p.m. for 7.00 p.m. The lecture, in English, will be given by Professor Alena Ledeneva. She is a world class expert on the unofficial preactices, which make the Russian economy work. She will also be talking on anti-corruption measures in the Economy of the Russian Federation   We have had, and may still have big problems with our website, which is…


Dear all, Because the website is being repaired members are unable to book online so please post your reservations with cheque to the membership secretary at 43 Kenilworth Court, Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1EN or pay on the night. Please make every effort to come to the talk – “RUSSIA’S ECONOMY OF FAVOURS IN CONTEXT: EVIDENCE F” by PROFESSOR ALENA LEDENEVA on Tuesday 23rd May at 16 Hanover Square. We have a first class speaker and we urgently need your support. Kind regards Daniel


THE LIFE AND WORK OF BORIS ANREPIllustrated talk by David Brummell C.B.There are still places available for this talk and you can pay eitheronline or on the night. Thursday 11th May at Pushkin House at 6:30pm for7:00pm Please come and bring your friends. GB-Russia committee

GB Russia booking for talks 7th May 2017

Dear All, The website appears to be working again, so booking online would be the easiest way to secure your seat. We look forward to seeing you soon. Best wishes Ute

Summer Programme 4th May 2017

Dear all, Attached is a final copy of the Summer programme with the booking form onthe last page. Please book your places quickly, and do not try and do it via the Society’s website, but fill in the booking form and post it withyour cheque. Misha.

Sir Anthony Brenton 27 April 23rd April 2017

  Dear All,   Sir Anthony Brenton’s hardback book “Historically Inevitable? Turning Points of the Russian Revolution” retails at £25 a copy. No less than 12 international experts contribute their own individual chapters and we will be selling it on Thursday for just £12.00.   If you would like to purchase a copy, please bring the exact cash, as we have no facility for accepting debit or credit cards.   Best wishes Ute

Daniel's next big birthday 21st April 2017

Dear all, At the end of September this year Daniel will have his next big birthday and we wanted to do something for it. I suggest we meet for a meal and the choice is either at my flat (like last time) or to hire a venue.  This depends partly on finances and partly on the number of people who want to attend. So I can have an idea of numbers and preferences, can you please e-mail me to let me know if you would like to attend (and we will try and get a date convenient to all) and…

27 April 19th April 2017

Dear All Just to let you know that the next talk is completely full.  If you have booked online or with me you have a seat. Best wishes Ute

starting time of talk this evening 27th March 2017

Dear all attending the talk tonight, Please note that it will begin 30 minutes earlier than usual, i.e. at 6:30pm, with drinks from 6:15. Looking forward to seeing you there, Regards Anna

talk starts at 6.30 p.m. 25th March 2017

Dear members of the GB-Russia Society The talk by Natasha Dissanayake this coming Monday March 27th will begin earlier than usual. There will be a brief wine reception from 6.15 p.m. until 6.30 p.m. The talk will start at 6.30 p.m. (and NOT at 7.00 p.m. as incorrevtly adviesd on the website against ‘talks’. If you look on the website under ‘lectures’ it does say that the talk will begin at the earlier time of 6.30 p.m. This is because the speaker needs 90 minutes for her talk, which is illustrated with up to no less than 200 slides!  …

Lecture 27 March 20th March 2017

Dear all, Ute’s computer has a problem at the moment and Pushkin House has confirmed the the talk on Monday 27th March will be upstairs so she can take another 10 bookings for it on a first come first served basis. She can also take 10 more bookings for the remaining talks this session. With best wishesAnna  

The Soviet Economy 1917-1991 31st January 2017

Dear All, Just to let you know that the talk on the Soviet economy on 2 March is full.  Everyone who has booked online or with me has a seat.   Best wishes Ute

Russia and the Revolutions of 1917 29th January 2017

Dear All Just to let you know that this talk is completely full.  Everyone who has booked online or with me has a seat. Best wishes Ute

Elena Marttila Exhibition 25th January 2017

Dear All, You might be interested in the Art and Endurance in the Siege of Leningrad exhibition in Cambridge: Members will recall the feature article in the New Year 2017 East-West Review on the work of the Leningrad artist Elena Marttila. An exhibition of her work   ELENA MARTTILA: ART and ENDURANCE in the SIEGE of LENINGRAD will be on display at the Old Library, Darwin College, Silver Street, Cambridge, CB3 9EU from 20th JANUARY – 19th MARCH 2017 Opening times: Fridays 2–6pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1–5pm   The exhibition will feature drawings, engravings on cardboard and lithographs conceived during the…

The Life of Boris Pasternak 24th January 2017

Dear All, Just to let you know that this event is now completely full.  Everyone who has booked online or with me has a seat.   Best wishes Ute

Refugees from Revolution 16th January 2017

Dear Fellow Members of The Great Britain-Russia Society This is just to remind you that our first lecture in 2017, the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, takes place at Pushkin House this Thursday January 19th. The title of this illustrated lecture is “White Russian Refugees in Constantinople 1918-1923”. Our guest speaker, Mr. Edward CHarlton-Jones is a first class Honours Graduate in History from the University of Oxford, an experienced debater from the Oxford Union, and with a Masters Degree from Harvard. He has also worked with the UN refugee agency UNHCR in Tbilisi, Georgia, This subject of rhis talk, with some fantastic pictures,…

Holocaust Memorial Day – Friday 27 January 2017 11th January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day – Friday 27 January 2017   On behalf of the Trustees of the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund [SMTF] I would like to invite you to attend this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day [HMD] commemoration on Friday 27 January, organised by the SMTF, Southwark Council and Imperial War Museum London. As you may be aware, HMD marks the date of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camps by the Soviet Red Army in 1945.   The commemoration begins in the Cinema of Imperial War Museum London and ends with an Act of Remembrance, including the laying of wreaths, at the Holocaust Memorial Tree and…

Talk at the Sutton Russian Circle 9th January 2017

Dear All Received from a member.   Best wishes Ute   RE: DELIGHTS AND PERILS OF AN INTERNATIONAL INTERPRETER By NATASHA WARD   I presume that there are some interpreters and translators among the Society’s Members. They might be interested to know about the above talk, which Natasha Ward, one of the top simultaneous interpreters for about 40 years, will give at the Sutton Russian Circle on Friday the 20th of January.   http://www.suttonrussiancircle.org.uk   If you think that some of your members might be interested, you may pass it on to them.   Kind regards. Natasha Dissanayake      …

Old Russian New Year Party Friday 13th 9th January 2017

Dear All Happy New Year! If you would like to join us on Friday, I’d be grateful if you could book as soon as possible as we need to give final numbers to the club.  Please see details below. We have been advised that the dress code is “smart – no jeans or woolly jumpers”. Best wishes Ute Great Britain-Russia Society Russian Old New Year Party   at the    Civil Service Club, 13-15, Great Scotland Yard, SW1A 2HJ   on   Friday, 13 January 2017, 6.30 for 7 pm.   A three course dinner from an extensive a la carte…

A Platonov blog, a review and 3 Russian events 2nd January 2017

Dear all, With best wishes for 2017. This has just been received from Robert Chandler: “This blog by me has recently been published on the British Library website: http://blogs.bl.uk/european/2016/12/platonov.html And there has been one review of this selection of Platonov’s plays: http://freebeacon.com/culture/russias-forgotten-anti-stalinist-playwright/   *   Tuesday, Jan 17th, 7.30 pm at Pushkin House, Bloomsbury http://www.pushkinhouse.org/events/2017/1/17/1917-anthology-for-pushkin-club-with-boris-dralyuk ‘1917: STORIES AND POEMS FROM THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION’ –  Join me and Boris Dralyuk to discuss this collection of immediate literary responses to an event that shaped the last century.  Boris Dralyuk’s most recent translations include Isaac Babel’s Red Cavalry and Odessa Stories (both from Pushkin Press).  He is also co-editor, with Robert Chandler…

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