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Talk on Thursday 21st 2013

20th March 2013

Dear Members,

Irina Yasina will be giving a talk on attitudes to disability in Russia tomorrow evening at 6.30 for 7 pm in Pushkin House.

Irina is a remarkable woman: she had a very successful career in the Russian Central Bank in the 1990s, having trained as an economist and worked also as a journalist.  She was then tragically diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 at the age of 35.  Since then she has campaigned for better facilities for disabled people and she is also a very perceptive commentator on Russian society today.  Her book, ‘Istoriya bolezni.  V popytkakh byt’ schastlivoi’ (‘The History of an Illness.  In the Attempts to be Happy’) is a very moving story about her reaction to her diagnosis and the way in which it forced her to re-evaluate her life.  Both Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the outstanding writer Liudmila Ulitskaya have lavished praise on her book and Irina’s strength of character and bravery.  Irina is one of the leading figures in Russian society today and the GB-Russia Society is very privileged to have her address us.  Please come along to support us and meet this outstanding woman – there are still seats available.

Irina will speak in Russian – very clearly and at a moderate speed!

We hope to see as many members and guests as possible for this unique opportunity.

Kindest regards,

David Holohan.

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