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Wednesday's talk 10th September 2016

Dear Members of the GB-Russia Society Our first talk is  this coming Wednesday September 14th, and we have a first class expert in Dr. Harun Yilmaz, who spends a lot of time in the South Caucasus on ‘field work’. We have decent bookings so far, but we stall have vacancies for about 14 places. This is an illustrtaed talk. So, if you have not already booked, do please reserve your places – and help to get the new session off to a flying start!   Please note that there was a mistake in the Journal re. the start time for the lecture…
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Wednesday's talk 10th September 2016

Dear Members of the GB-Russia Society Our first talk is  this coming Wednesday September 14th, and we have a first class expert in Dr. Harun Yilmaz, who spends a lot of time in the South Caucasus on ‘field work’. We have decent bookings so far, but we stall have vacancies for about 14 places. This is an illustrtaed talk. So, if you have not already booked, do please reserve your places – and help to get the new session off to a flying start!   Please note that there was a mistake in the Journal re. the start time for the lecture…
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Singing in Russian 2nd September 2016

Dear all, We were sent this – for those interested in singing.  Please reply to: [removed] With best wishes Anna May I be an opportunist, and ask if you could circulate the following. I’m keen the course should go ahead, but to do so we need more participants. For this reason, accommodation will now be free.      There are still spaces available (for singers and for the ‘Singing in Russian with Alexandre Naoumenko‘ weekend course to be held in Jackdaws, near Frome, Somerset, on the weekend of Fri Sept 23 (6.30pm) to Sun Sept 25 (4pm). As we’re keen…
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the talk on Wednesday October 12th 24th August 2016

To all members of The Great Britain-Russia Society Please note that the talk by leading specialist Mr. Keir Giles will now take place on Wednesday October 12th, and NOT on Thursday October 13th. It will also be an illustrated talk. If you had already downloaded the programme from the Society’s website, please amend the date to Wednesday October 12th. Now is the time for all members to reserve your places for what promises to be an exciting session with seven superb specialist speakers. Do not delay. Do it TODAY! With best wishes to you all Daniel Salbstein Talks Organizer  …
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Sutton Russian Circle programme 5th August 2016

Dear All You might be interested to see the Sutton Russian Circle’s programme. Best wishes and hope to see you in September.   Ute

September-December talks 4th August 2016

To all members of the Great Britain-Russia Society Thde programme of 7 lectures for the September-December session is now on the internet. We have seven superb specialist speakers, so do book early to secure your places. Recently we have had some very useful attendances at most lectures, so keep the good work up! And do try to introduce more new members to the Society. With many thanks to you all Daniel Salbstein Temporary talks organizer  

Professor Philip Hanson lecture 16th July 2016

To all members of the Great Britain-Russia Society On Wednesday July 20th we have the final major lecture in the current membership  year – to be given by Professor Philip Hanson, one of the most distinguished authorities on Russia’s economy. We havwe just 11 places left before we are fully booked. If you have not yet reserved your place, do make an effort to book. In all countries the economy is so important!   Best wishes Daniel Salbstein Talks Organizer

Russia's politics in the light of her history 4th July 2016

Dear All Just to let you know that Professor Geoffrey Hosking’s talk on Thursday is completely full. Everyone who has paid online or contacted me has a seat. Best wishes Ute

The lecture on Wednesday June 22nd 8th June 2016

Dear Fellow Members of The Great Britain-Russia Society We have an important talk on Russian Literature on Wednesday June 22nd. Our distinguished speaker will be Mr. Michael Pursglove, a retired University Lecturer, who has been the Head of the Department of Russian Studies at Reading University, and a Senior University Lecturer at several other Universities. He has been contributing valuable articles to our Journal over many years. The subject of his talk is “The Golden Age of Russian Poetry”. It is about Russia’s greatest national poet, Alexander Pushkin, and his contemporaries, in the decades after Russia’s victory in the Napoleonic Wars, and in the Romantic Era….
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Bolshoi ballet 5/8/2016 2nd June 2016

Dear members of the GB-Russia Society We have just one single complimentary seat available for the Bolshoi Ballet Company’s Dress Rehearsal of “The Flames of Paris” on Friday August 5th. If any member would like that place please contact me as soon as possible. Phone me on: 01903 210611 or email me at: [removed]. We ask each person attending to bring £3 in the exact cash towards a present for MR. and Mrs. V. Hochhauser CBE, who have donated the tickets to us. If you are awarded the seat you will neesd to be inside the Royal Opera House (probably…
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BEARR Trust Lecture 23rd May 2016

Dear All Received from the BEARR Trust. Regards Ute   Good evening,   You are cordially invited to the BEARR Trust 25th Anniversary Lecture on 7 June 2016, 18:00 at EBRD (One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN).   Topic: “25 Years on:  the Rule of Law in Russia and the Republics” Speaker: Professor Bill Bowring      Full details are in the attached invitation and on our website. All are welcome, but you must book using the attached form.   We look forward to seeing you on 7 June.   Sincerely,   Anna Lukanina-Morgan Information Officer   The BEARR Trust 32-36…
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Wednesfday's special expose 14th May 2016

  To all members of the GB-Russia Society This coming Wednesday 18th May we have a truly fascinating and illustrated talk about Paul Dukes, who went to Russia in 1909 as a young man. He took a position as a language teachar in Riga, Latvia. He later moved to St Petersburg, having been recruited personally by Mansfield Smith-Cumming, the first “C” of M16 (SIS), to act as a secret agent in Imperial Russia., relying on his fluency in the Russian language. At the time he was employed at the Petrograd Conservatoire as a concert pianist and deputy conductor to Albert Coates….
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Art at the Front Exhibition 13th May 2016

Dear All You might be interested in this exhibition at Rossotrudnichestvo, 9-20 May 2016. Best wishes Ute ART AT THE FRONT: Visual encounters by the Russian artist-veterans of the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945. The years of 1941–45 became the most tragic in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union. Every day takes us further away from those times and there are fewer surviving witnesses left among us. However, the visual wartime records have been preserved in the drawings of the artists who had to become combatants and went through the war with a rifle and a pencil, fought for…
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Crime and Punishment 13th May 2016

Dear All I have received this from a member.   Best wishes Ute   details | Royal College of Music               details | Royal College of Music Crime and Punishment 7:30pm | 20 May 2016 | Britten Theatre Lionel Friend coductor Bill Bankes-Jones director Sarah Booth designer Benjamien Lycke (music) / …   View on secure.rcm.ac.uk Preview by Yahoo       “Following the success of Hogarth’s Stages in 2014, don’t miss this opportunity to hear a series of six brand-new mini operas created by RCM composers and performed by outstanding RCM singers. Based…
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BEARR Trust Anniversary Lecture 30th April 2016

Dear All Received from the BEARR Trust Best wishes Ute   You are cordially invited to the BEARR Trust 25th Anniversary Lecture on 7 June 2016, 18:00 at EBRD (One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN).   Topic: “25 Years on:  the Rule of Law in Russia and the Republics” Speaker: Professor Bill Bowring      Full details are in the attached invitation and on our website. All are welcome, but you must book using the attached form.   We look forward to seeing you on 7 June.   Sincerely,   Anna Lukanina-Morgan Information Officer   The BEARR Trust 32-36 Loman Street…
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Talk on May 4th 24th April 2016

To all members of the Great Britain-Russia Society We have a major lecture on Wednesday May 4th when Professor Andreas Schonle. Head of the Russian Department at Queen Mary, University of London, assisted by Dr. Elisabeth Schimpfossl wil;l give a lecture comparing the Elites in Russia in 1815 and in 2015. This is a major event. Elites wield considerable power, and we have never had a talk on this theme before.   We still have some seats available, so I hope that as many of you as possible will now book up for this stimulating and special lecture. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday…
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GBRS new Hon President 16th April 2016

Dear All Following the untimely death of our Honorary President Katya Genieva, I am delighted to announce on behalf of the Great Britain-Russia Society that Professor Geoffrey Hosking OBE, FBA , F.R.Hist.S, has agreed to be our Honorary President.  Geoffrey Hosking was Leverhulme Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London University.  He is well known to the Society, having served as a Honorary Vice President for a number of years and has been a speaker on several occasions.   Professor Hosking is also a well-known author on the Russian scene with books such as “Russia: …
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The Four Most Popular World War II Songs 16th April 2016

Dear All Please see details of the next Pushkin Club event below.   Regards Ute The Four Most Popular World War II Songs and Their Dramatic Stories: Pushkin Club – 7.30 pm, Tuesday, 19th April The dramatic stories of four World War II Songs which span time and space. These stories begin in different countries and  different centuries and carry on for a long time after Victory Day, right up to the 21st Century. In addition to these Songs, three more musical pieces will be performed. These are the favourite dances of the 19th and first half of the 20th…
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Bill Browder 26 April 10th April 2016

Dear All I would be grateful if those of you who paid to come to the Bill Browder on the 8th February and would like to come to the rescheduled talk on the 26th April, could let me know by 20th April please, so I can put you on the list.   Many thanks Ute

Victory Day 9 May 7th April 2016

  Dear All   You might be interested to see this.       Regards   Ute Victory Day – Monday 9 May 2016 – 11.00am*To mark the 71st anniversary of the Allied Victory over Fascism, you are cordially invited to join the Trustees of the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund [SMTF] in an Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, adjacent to the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, Southwark, London SE1 6HZ on Monday 9 May 2016.   The Mayor of Southwark, local and national politicians, diplomats from the embassies of the CIS and other countries, war veterans from…
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change of date for Hanson lecture 6th April 2016

Dear Fellow members The talk by Professor Philip Hanson, Britain’s foremost expert on Russia’s economy will take place on Wednesday July 20th (and NOT on Monday July 18th). Please print off the enitire Spring-Summer programme from the Society’s website, as the only printed copy that you will receive wi;ll be a brief loose leaf one page summary with the Journal towards the end of April. PLEASE AMEND THE DATE OF PROFESSOR PHILIP HANSON’S LECTURE FROM JULY 18TH TO JULY 20TH. We still have a fdew seats left for the major Literary Lecture on Pushkin and Tolstoy  by Professor Anthony Briggs on Wednesday…
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My Stalingrad Childhood 1st April 2016

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

Spring-Summr talks 31st March 2016

To all members lof The Great Britain-Russia Society The Spring-Summer programme of talks is now on the Society’s website, together with the booking form, although we prefer you to book on line if you can. There are many superb speakers and interesting topics. Members have a priority booking period, and I recommend that you book early and for as many talks as possible to secure your reservations. With Best Wishes to you all Daniel Salbstein Temporary talks Organizer

Robert Service talk 23 March 6th March 2016

Dear All Just to let you know that this talk is completely full.  If you have already booked/paid then you have a seat. Best wishes Ute

Choral and Folk Music Traditions of Russia 28th February 2016

Dear All Received from a member. Best wishes Ute Choral and Folk Music Traditions of Russia at St James Theatre, March 17th.   This evening is a two part celebration of Russian music. In the first half, the London Russian choir presents a wide range of music from Russia, including traditional lyric and epic songs, ritual calendar music for pagan holidays as well as much loved Art songs from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. The second half features Polina Skovoroda as lead singer, with Merlin Shepherd on clarinet and Rohan Kriwaczek on bagpipes and guitar. They…
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