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Natasha Dissanayake: “What were the Russian Experiences in London? 16th Century onwards” Zoom talk on Thursday October 1 at 19:00.

23rd September 2020

Natasha Dissanayake: “What were the Russian Experiences in London? 16th Century onwards”  Thursday October 1 at 19:00.  The talk will take place via Zoom. It will be in English and costs £3.

This is a London Translators’ Group talk. 

Natasha Dissanayake has spent some 20 years researching for her book on this subject.  There are some 20 different sections in her book covering major aspects of the Russian presence in London from the 16th century to the present day, and featuring a wide range of Russian characters: members of the Imperial family, aristocrats and Bolsheviks, diplomats and churchmen, musicians, painters and people of the theatre, writers and scientists, soldiers, sportsmen and even spies. Fortune favoured some Russians, while others met sterner destinies. For some, London was a temporary home, others lived here until the end of their lives. However, almost none of the Russians escaped the problems of adapting to the way of life in the new country, to its traditions and language. All the above is presented not as an academic study, but as a collection of stories based on research, interviews, observations, published and unpublished memoirs and wider literature.


A Muscovite born and bred, Natasha Dissanayake taught Russian language and literature at a high school in Moscow. She then worked as an editor at the Progress Publishing House. She came to live in England in 1972 and taught Russian in schools and colleges. Then Natasha did the Blue Badge Guide course and also interpreted for the Bolshoi, Mariinsky and other companies on their tours of Britain. Natasha has written for ballet magazines, London Courier, RUTAGE and other publications. From 1990 to 1998 she travelled almost non-stop to Russia, Kazakhstan and other countries interpreting for petroleum companies. Working as a Blue Badge Guide, Natasha started researching about Russians living in London, which resulted in her massive book which was published in Russian in 2017.

To book, please contact Alla Potapova on a.potapova@nullhotmail.com who will arrange for the Zoom link to be sent to you.

Best wishes




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