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Great Britain-Russia Society: Forthcoming talks – November and December 2020

24th October 2020

Great Britain-Russia Society: Forthcoming talks – November and December 2020

1.    1.  Petr Safronov: Education after the Soviet Collapse: Is It Really Post-Ideological? – 7.00 pm, Thursday, 12 November

In the Soviet Union Communism was not simply a political and economic platform, it was an all-encompassing set of normative and ideological values. Education played a crucial role in the Soviet system by embedding these values in the young. The discrediting of Communism, the Soviet collapse and the transition to the market left an ideological void in education policy, one that the Kremlin has attempted to fill over the last decades. In this lecture, Petr Safronov will analyse the impact of the transition to capitalism on the educational system as a whole and show how ‘ideological’ education has changed in post-Soviet Russia.

Petr Safronov is one of Russia’s foremost experts on the history and practice of educational policy. He studied philosophy at the Moscow State University, where he later lectured before rising to become Dean of the Philosophy and Social Department at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. From 2014 to 2018 he headed the Masters programme on Evidence-Based Educational Policy at Moscow’s prestigious Higher School of Economics. In addition to educating a new generation of scholars, Safronov was responsible for initiating dialogue with the various stakeholders in Russian education and formulating new policy solutions to the country’s educational challenges.

2.    2.  Maxim Samorukov: Russia in the Balkans: A Paper Tiger? – 6.00 pm, Thursday, 26 November

Today, as in the past, international observers view the Balkans as the target of Russian influence efforts. In his talk, Maxim Samorukov, an expert on Russia’s role in Central and Eastern Europe, explores Russia’s aims in this region, the instruments used to expand its influence there and the prospects of its efforts, especially in the areas of energy, domestic politics and conflict resolution. Bridging the past and the present, he considers how history — from the distant past to more recently the post-Cold War competition for influence in the region between Russia and the West — shapes Moscow’s ambivalent relations with Balkan capitals.

Maxim Samorukov is a fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Centre and deputy editor of its website, Carnegie.ru. A graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Samorukov previously worked at Slon.ru, the independent news website, serving as correspondent, editor and columnist. His articles on Russia’s relations with Central and Eastern Europe have appeared in Axios, Balkan Insight and The Moscow Times, among other news outlets.

3.    TBC [Anton Gorlenko and Anastasiia Gerasimova, two young architects in Moscow, to deliver a joint presentation on different aspects of architecture in Moscow [precise subjects will hopefully be finalised within the next few days] – [7.00 pm?] Wednesday, 9th December.]

The speakers in all three cases will be joining us from Moscow

GBRS Zoom talks all cost £5 per household booking.  You may book online at www.gbrussia.org 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 don’t 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.

Best wishes
Ute

 

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

 

 

 

Lenin, London, and the Russian Revolution

 

Dear All,

 

We are all looking forward to Robert Henderson’s talk next Thursday (29 October) on Lenin, London and the Revolution. His talk will of course be based on his book, The Spark that Lit Revolution: Lenin in London and the politics that changed the world, was published in March 2020 by Bloomsbury/Tauris. For members who book for this talk, the publishers have kindly agreed to provide a 30% discount on the normal purchase price of the book. A discount code will be provided to you when we send you the invitation with the Zoom link shortly before the talk.

 

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).

 

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.

 

GBRS Zoom talks all cost £5 per household booking.  You may book online at www.gbrussia.org 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 don’t 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.

Best wishes

Ute

 

Pushkin Club Zoom Event: Alexander Blok (1880-1921) – The Last Romantic – Tuesday, 20 October at 6 pm

16th October 2020

Pushkin Club Zoom Event: Alexander Blok (1880-1921) – The Last Romantic – 

Tuesday, 20 October at 6 pm

 

 

To mark the 140th Anniversary of the birth of Alexander Blok, the great poet of the Silver Age, the Pushkin Club will be devoting an evening to celebrating Blok’s life and work with an illustrated narrative in English and readings from Blok’s poetry in English and Russian.

 

Please see the Pushkin House link below for more information:

 

 

Best wishes

Ute

Joining information for GB-Russia Society talk by Sarah Lain at the earlier than usual time of 6 pm on 15 October 2020 via Zoom

14th October 2020

Thank you for making or requesting a ‘household’ booking to attend Sarah Lain’s talk on ‘Making Peace in Eastern Ukraine, at which you will be most welcome. Here, for your private information as the recipient of this email, is how to attend via Zoom: please do not share this onward. Please also note that this will be an off the record session conducted according to ‘Chatham House Rules’.

Redacted as only available to those who have made bookings 

You should next be taken into a ‘virtual waiting room’ from which, after a short wait, you will then be ‘admitted’ to the talk. It is hoped that it will be pretty straightforward. However, please bear with us: although we have now handled a season of talks via Zoom, system updates are made regularly (including with respect to password usage), so one never quite knows how it will go!

The video conference will be live to join from 5:30 pm (UK time) and the talk will start at the earlier than usual time of 6 pm (8 pm in Kyiv, from where Sarah is joining us). Please join in good time so that we can try to sort out any technical issues that may perhaps arise before the start. Should you have any queries beforehand, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Further scheduled talks, to which additions are continuing to be made, are available to book at https://gbrussia.org/programme/, so please check regularly.

Kind regards,

Henry Pares

secretary@nullgbrussia.org

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

Ute

Reminder for “Making Peace in Eastern Ukraine” 18:00 on 15 October

11th October 2020

Dear All,

This is a reminder for the next GB Russia Society talk:

Please note, that to take account for the time difference between London and Kyiv, the start time of this talk will be 18:00 (not the usual 19:00).

Making Peace in Eastern Ukraine – Sarah Lain at 18.00 pm, Thursday, 15 October

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.

GBRS 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 don’t 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.

Best wishes
Ute

 

Correction to start time – Talk by Sarah Lain at 18.00pm, Thursday, 15 October

4th October 2020

Dear All,

Please note, that to take account for the time difference between London and Kyiv, the start time of this talk will be 18:00 (not the usual 19:00).

Great Britain-Russia Society: talk by Sarah Lain at 18.00 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.

Best wishes
Ute

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
Ute

Various events this week

27th September 2020

Dear All,

Reminders for 3 events taking place this week:

1- Pushkin Club Zoom Event: Pushkin on People Confronting Statues – and vice-versa.  Tuesday, 29 September at 6pm

2-SCRSS talk: The Society’s President Professor Bill Bowring will give a talk on Russia and the European Convention on Human Rights on Wed 30 Sep, starting at 7pm.

 

3– London Translators’ Group talk – Natasha Dissanayake: “What were the Russian Experiences in London? 16th Century onwards”  Thursday October 1 at 19:00.  

 

And

4-Bibs Ekkel & Adrian Zolotuhin The Balalaika & and other tall stories. Livestream from Sands Films Music Room Thursday 1 Oct 2020 at 19:45

 

1-Pushkin Club Zoom Event: Pushkin on People Confronting Statues – and vice-versa.  Tuesday, 29 September at 6pm

Illustrated talk, musical interlude, theatrical-style readings in English and Russian.  Please see the Pushkin House link below for more information:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zoom-event-pushkin-on-people-confronting-statues-and-vice-versa-tickets-120237139521

 

2-SCRSS talk: The Society’s President Professor Bill Bowring will give a talk on Russia and the European Convention on Human Rights on Wed 30 Sep, starting at 7pm.


This year marks the 70th anniversary of the ECHR. Russia has been a member of the Council of Europe for 25 years, and of the ECHR for 22 years. Professor Bowring discusses how this has been possible, and whether the close and mostly positive relationship between Russia and the Council of Europe and ECHR is about to end.

The event will be hosted using the Zoom online conferencing app. To ease administration, we are using the Eventbrite app to take bookings. The event is free, but there is a donation option when registering. Here is the link to the event: Prof Bill Bowring on Russia & the ECHR . Please sign up for the event yourself and spread the word amongst friends and colleagues. Do please report any issues or questions – this will help improve the creation of future events. When you sign up via Eventbrite (click on the green “Register” box), you should receive an initial confirmation from Eventbrite, and then further reminders two days, two hours and ten minutes before the event starts. This is all very new to me, the Hon. Secretary, so your feedback will be invaluable! We hope this will be the first of a series of online talks.

 

3-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@hotmail.com who will arrange for the Zoom link to be sent to you.

 

(Received from a member)

4-Bibs Ekkel & Adrian Zolotuhin – The Balalaika & and other tall stories

 Virtuoso fret-bothering duo Bibs Ekkel and Adrian Zolotuhin present Folk & Gypsy music from Russia and eastern Europe featuring some of the instruments from their vast collections.

 Bibs Ekkel, prima balalaika soloist, is one of few masters of the instrument outside Russia. His style elevates the balalaika to the stature of concert instrument while retaining close ties with the instrument’s folk heritage. He has entertained Royalty as well as ordinary folk with his extensive repertoire in settings ranging from cabaret to symphony hall. He has toured regularly with his song and dance company, “Tziganka” and folk group “Russian Tornado” and performed as soloist throughout the world – with concert and TV appearances in Russia, Poland, China, Britain, the US and Canada. Movie soundtracks include Enemy at the GatesEastern PromisesEnglishman AbroadThe Man who Knew too Little.

Strummer of guitar and a plethora of fretted instruments, Adrian Zolotuhin started performing professionally aged fifteen with Russian folk ensemble Kabak and alt-rock band Honeycomb Veil. Over the years he’s played rock, pop, jazz, world music and orchestral styles, and has performed at venues from The Marquee club to the Royal Opera House. He tours regularly with Budapest Café Orchestra, instrumental ensemble Sultan’s Picnic and funky pop band Twisted Karaoke. He is a regular collaborator with composer Howard Moody and his orchestra La Folia, and appears on the soundtracks of films & TV dramas including The Silver Skates, The Lost Prince, Our Kind of Traitor and Kursk.

Livestream from Sands Films Music Room

Thu 1 Oct 2020 at 19:45

It’s free to watch but donations are strongly encouraged (the venue is very kindly paying the group, so it helps them recoup their costs).

You can watch on these platforms:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandsfilmsmusicroom/events/?ref=page_internal

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bibs-ekkel-adrian-zolotuhin-tickets-119902033209

Sands Website: https://www.sandsfilms.co.uk/sands-films-music-room.html

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/455492611

Best wishes

Ute

Pushkin Club Zoom Event: Pushkin on People Confronting Statues – and vice-versa. Zoom talk on Tuesday, 29 September at 6pm

23rd September 2020

Pushkin Club Zoom Event: Pushkin on People Confronting Statues – and vice-versa.  Tuesday, 29 September at 6pm

 

Illustrated talk, musical interlude, theatrical-style readings in English and Russian.  Please see the Pushkin House link below for more information:

 

Best wishes

Ute

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