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Great Britain-Russia Society: talk by Sarah Lain, Thursday, 15 October and talk by Dr Robert Henderson, Thursday, 29 October

1st October 2020

Dear All,

I am delighted to be sending you details of the first two talks of the Autumn session. These will both be via Zoom.

Great Britain-Russia Society: talk by Sarah Lain at 7.00 pm, Thursday, 15 October

Making Peace in Eastern Ukraine

After six years of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, there has been little progress on political agreement towards sustainable conflict settlement. Although President Volodymyr Zelensky has taken an approach unlike his predecessor’s, the Minsk process still faces challenges. In her talk, Sarah Lain offers an update on the situation in eastern Ukraine and developments in the conflict resolution process. She assesses tactics used by both Ukraine and Russia in terms of conflict settlement and provides a sense of what could be done to stabilise the situation beyond the Minsk Agreements and process.

Sarah Lain is a Kyiv-based research adviser with a Swiss conflict-mediation organisation. An alumna of the University of Cambridge, she previously worked as a Russia and Eurasia research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where she continues to be an associate fellow.


Great Britain-Russia Society: talk by Dr Robert Henderson at 7.00 pm, Thursday, 29 October

Lenin, London, and the Russian Revolution


While history is almost never the result of individual actions, there are certain individuals who have had an outsized impact on events, and who it is crucial to understand if we are to make sense of our world. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin is one of those individuals. Robert Henderson has meticulously researched Lenin’s period in London and how it shaped his world view, not least through his interactions with other exiled revolutionaries with a much smaller historical footprint. His talk will explore how this time impacted the young revolutionary who would go on to lead the world’s first Communist state.

Dr Robert Henderson is an honorary research fellow in the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) School of History. An alumnus of the University of Glasgow and QMUL who previously served as the British Library’s Russian curator, he is the author, most recently, of The Spark That Lit Revolution: Lenin in London and the politics that changed the world (2020).


Our Zoom talks all cost £5 per household booking.  You may book online or send me a cheque in the usual way.  All those who have booked will receive an email from our Hon Secretary, Henry Pares, with a link to the event, the evening before the talk, inviting them to take part by clicking on the link. If you do not receive the link, please let me know and I will forward it on to you.

The speaker will address the Society for around 45 minutes, and this will be followed by a half-hour question and answer session. When participants join, we request that they mute their microphones for the whole talk. During the question and answer session, anyone wishing to ask a question, should click on the ‘Raise hand’ icon that will be visible on the screen and wait to be invited by the chairman to speak. They would at that point, unmute their microphone.

We look forward to “seeing” many of you at one or both of the next talks.

Best wishes

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