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SCRSS talk by Robert Stephenson on his book “We Are Building Capitalism! Moscow in Transition 1992-1997”

12th October 2020


Dear All,

You may be interested in this talk organised by the SCRSS:

Wednesday 28 October – 7pm

Talk by Robert Stephenson on his book “We Are Building Capitalism! Moscow in Transition 1992-1997”

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-talk-by-robert-stephenson-on-his-book-we-are-building-capitalism-tickets-124992137849

The talk is free, but you can make a donation when you register


About the talk

Next year sees the 30th anniversary of the sudden and unexpected collapse of the Soviet Union. Few cities have undergone changes as intense and fundamental as those experienced by Moscow in the wake of this historical event. In his talk for the SCRSS , Robert Stephenson will give a visual tour of life in Russia’s capital during the first years of transformation. The talk will be based on his experience of living and working in the city at the time, illustrated by images from his recent book We Are Building Capitalism! Moscow in Transition 1992-1997 (Glagoslav, 2019), which provides a unique pictorial and narrative description of daily life in Moscow during the turbulent early years of transition from state socialism to market capitalism. Register for the talk and get a discount code to receive 15% off the normal price of the book (code valid until 10 November).

Use this link to purchase a copy of the book : https://glagoslav.com/shop/we-are-building-capitalism-moscow-in-transition-1992-1997/


About the speaker

Robert Stephenson is a former UK senior civil servant who spent over thirty-five years working in public administration, including twenty years in international development. He began his international career in Moscow in March 1992 and for the next five years lived and worked in the city, initially as a consultant to the new Federal Employment Service and then leading a major UK-Russia joint funded programme of capacity building for Russian trainers in business and commercial skills. During this period he met and married his wife, Svetlana Stephenson, now a senior professor in Sociology at London Metropolitan University and the award-winning author of Gangs of Russia: From the Streets to the Corridors of Power (Cornell, 2015). On his return to the UK, Stephenson went on to lead a UK government team dedicated to supporting civil service development and reform around the world and for the next 15 years he continued to work with Russian counterparts and led partnerships with civil service institutions in Central and Eastern Europe and former Yugoslavia. Since leaving the service he has concentrated on developing his lifelong passion for travel and photography and his first book, “We Are Building Capitalism! Moscow in Transition 1992-1997” (Glagoslav, 2019)- written from his personal experience and using his own photographs – provides a unique portrait of the city through the turbulent years that followed the dissolution of the Soviet Union.


Contact ruslibrary@nullscrss.org.uk if you have any questions.


Best wishes


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