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Scotland Russia Forum Programme

21st December 2004

Dear All
Received from the Scotland-Russia Forum

Best wishes
Ute

The Scotland-Russia Forum would like to send all members and supporters very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

We look forward to seeing you at SRF and other Russian meetings in 2005. Our Spring Programme is given below.

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Scotland-Russia Forum Spring Programme 2005

Sun 16 Jan

Celebrate the Old New Year!
Dinner and music at the Cossachok Café. There may also be an opportunity to visit one or two places of interest in the city centre in the afternoon.
7pm, Cossachok Cafe, Merchant City, Glasgow.

Dinner approx. £19 (drinks extra).

If you are interested please let us know as soon as possible.
Contact: Tania Konn-Roberts [removed], Tel. 0141 330 6735

Thurs 20 Jan

Peter Dean – “The FSU goes to market: impressions of an observer in the 1990s”

Peter Dean worked for the World Bank in many of the former Soviet Republics during the 1990s. He will present a not uncritical view of attitudes on both sides at the time – and their consequences today.

7.30pm Teviot Row House (Edinburgh University Students’ Union), Bristo Square, Edinburgh. The Dining Room (1st floor).

£2 members and students, £4 non-members incl. refreshments

Wed 16 Feb (AGM)

Rufus Reade – “Georgia”

Rufus Reade has kindly invited us to "The Nomad's Tent" for our AGM this year. After the business of the Annual General Meeting he will relate how a few years ago the Georgian government invited him to look at their former rug industry, and examine how it might be revived. Rufus will tell the story of what then happened and what he discovered about Georgia, with his personal insights into this beautiful country and very attractive people.

7.30pm "The Nomad's Tent," 21 St. Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh

£2 members and students, £4 non-members incl. refreshments

Wed 9 March

Stephen White – “Who is Mr Putin?”

Stephen White is Professor of International Politics at the University of Glasgow and has published widely on issues of Soviet and Russian politics. One of his particular interests is the enigma of Putin's leadership and its implications for Russia and her neighbours.

7.30pm English Speaking Union, 23 Atholl Crescent (Basement), Edinburgh

£2 members and students, £4 non-members incl. refreshments

Thurs 7 Apr il

Donald Rayfield – “What motivated Stalin’s henchmen?”

Donald Rayfield is Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary College (University of London). His research interests range from Chekhov to the literature and language of Georgia. His latest book, Stalin and his Hangmen (Viking 2004) examines the environmental, psychological and psychiatric background to the actions of Stalin and his “hangmen” – Beria, Ezhov and others.

7.30pm Teviot Row House (Edinburgh University Students’ Union), Bristo Square, Edinburgh. The Dining Room (1st floor).

£2 members and students, £4 non-members incl. refreshments

Fri 15 April

All day Business Conference, Edinburgh.

Details 0131 662 9149 or [removed]

W/c Mon 18 April

Glasgow event – to be confirmed

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