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The Good Russian: Canal Cafe Theatre, Little Venice, 18th and 19th June. (This Tuesday and Wednesday) 7:30pm. 16th June 2019

Dear All You might be interested to know that Andrew Byron’s one-man show is returning to London this week for two more nights before it goes to Moscow at the end of the month. “The Good Russian is an antidote to all the stereotypical portrayals of Russians on our screens.  Why are all the denizens of the largest country on earth consistently reduced to thugs, oligarchs and nasty profiteers?  My play portrays one of the good ones: Innokenty Makarov is a Siberian man, about to hit 40, whose life, until now, has been little more than domestic drudgery and escaping into…
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BURNING MANUSCRIPTS: MIKHAIL BULGAKOV’S. “THE MASTER AND MARGARITA” DR. OLGA VORONINA Wednesday 19 june 16th June 2019

Dear All This is an automated reminder Wednesday 19th June 2019, at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Way London WC1A 2TA 6.30 for 7pm   BURNING MANUSCRIPTS: MIKHAIL BULGAKOV’S. “THE MASTER AND MARGARITA”    DR. OLGA VORONINA   Mikhail Bulgakov’s cult novel The Master and Margarita is a unique phenomenon in Russian literature of the 20th century. It is a satirical masterpiece that tells the story of the devil’s visit to Soviet Moscow at the height of Stalinist purges. Bulgakov’s devil rewards the good, punishers the wrongdoers and leads the secret police on a wild goose chase around the streets of…
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SCRSS E-news No. 124 | June 2019 12th June 2019

  Dear All You might be interested in seeing the SCRSS newsletter. Best wishes Ute          Friday 14 June, 7pm UPDATED LISTING My Cossack Family – And Other Remarkable People in Russia and Ukraine – Talk by Caroline Walton   What is it that attracts so many of us in the West to this part of the world? Caroline Walton talks about her new book, which describes her personal experiences, the people she has met and the Ukrainian-Russian family she married into. She has discovered in them a spiritual strength that has enabled survival of famine, war…
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The Life and Work of Yuri Dombrovsky – Pushkin Club poetry recital at Pushkin House on 25 June 11th June 2019

Dear All You might be interested in the below: David Brummell will give an illustrated talk about the life and work of Yuri Dombrovsky(1909 -1978).   Yuri Dombrovsky is comparatively unknown in the West. However, his two main literary works,The Keeper of Antiquities, and its sequel, the Faculty of Useless Knowledge, along with Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, stand as the greatest achievements of 20th century Russian literature.   In English, with a recital of Dombrovsky’s poems in Russian by Alla Gelich and in English translation. Yuri Osipovich Dombrovsky was born in 1909 into the family of a well-known…
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Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony at St John Smith Square 13 June 10th June 2019

Dear All The Resonate Symphony Orchestra will perform Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony at St John Smith Square (Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA) on Thursday June 13. Tickets can be booked on the St John Smith Square website and cost £25 (Our members get a £5 discount on full price tickets. You will need to use the  discount code – GBRS20). More information about the concert is below- Resonate Symphony Orchestra  Andrei Iliushkin on PIANO Henry Kennedy CONDUCTOR Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 35 Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 Op. 60 ‘Leningrad’ This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the siege of Leningrad, in…
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“In Search of Isaiah Berlin” Illustrtaed talk by DR. Henry Hardy with Dr.Peter Oppenheimer 7th June 2019

To all members of The Great Britain-Russia Society This presentation on this coming Monday June 10th at The Open Russia Foundation, 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP, complimentary drinks reception at 6.30 pm. Talk begins at 7.00 pm. An absolutely brilliant conversation, which I have already heard elsewhere. We still have plenty of extra seating capacity, so please pay over the internet, or post your cheque to Mrs. Utel Lynch. or just turn up on this coming Monday June 10th. Isaiah Berlin was the outstanding political philosopher of the 20th century – a man who set ideas on fire with…
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“In Search of Isaiah Berlin” Illustrtaed talk by DR. Henry Hardy with Dr.Peter Oppenheimer 7th June 2019

To all members of The Great Britain-Russia Society This presentation on this coming Monday June 10th at The Open Russia Foundation, 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP, complimentary drinks reception at 6.30 pm. Talk begins at 7.00 pm. An absolutely brilliant conversation, which I have already heard elsewhere. We still have plenty of extra seating capacity, so please pay over the internet, or post your cheque to Mrs. Utel Lynch. or just turn up on this coming Monday June 10th. Isaiah Berlin was the outstanding political philosopher of the 20th century – a man who set ideas on fire with…
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“In Search of Isaiah Berlin” Illustrtaed talk by DR. Henry Hardy with Dr.Peter Oppenheimer 7th June 2019

To all members of The Great Britain-Russia Society This presentation on this coming Monday June 10th at The Open Russia Foundation, 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP, complimentary drinks reception at 6.30 pm. Talk begins at 7.00 pm. An absolutely brilliant conversation, which I have already heard elsewhere. We still have plenty of extra seating capacity, so please pay over the internet, or post your cheque to Mrs. Utel Lynch. or just turn up on this coming Monday June 10th. Isaiah Berlin was the outstanding political philosopher of the 20th century – a man who set ideas on fire with…
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IN SEARCH OF ISAIAH BERLIN: A LITERARY ADVENTURE – correction to previous email 6th June 2019

Monday 10th June 2019, at Open Russia, 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP at 6.30 for 7.00pm “IN SEARCH OF ISAIAH BERLIN:  A LITERARY ADVENTURE”                          DR. HENRY HARDY in conversation with DR. PETER OPPENHEIMER (his Oxford Interlocutor) Isaiah Berlin (1909-19970 was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century – a man who set ideas on fire. His defence of freedom and variety was passionate and persuasive and has been an inspiration to many. The prescience and vitality of his ideas- especially his reasoned rejection of excessive…
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“IN SEARCH OF ISAIAH BERLIN: A LITERARY ADVENTURE” DR. HENRY HARDY in conversation with DR. PETER OPPENHEIMER 5th June 2019

Dear All This is an automated remider: REFLECTIONS ON THE COLD WAR  & ITS AFTERMATH.   Monday 10th June 2019, at Open Russia, 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP at 6.30 for 7.00pm “IN SEARCH OF ISAIAH BERLIN:  A LITERARY ADVENTURE”                          DR. HENRY HARDY in conversation with DR. PETER OPPENHEIMER (his Oxford Interlocutor)   Isaiah Berlin (1909-19970 was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century – a man who set ideas on fire. His defence of freedom and variety was passionate and persuasive and has been…
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“STUDENT IN LENINGRAD,THE PRAGUE SPRING & THE BBC”. DR. ELISABETH ROBSON. 30 May 27th May 2019

This is an automated message Thursday 30th May 2019 Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA 6.30 for 7 pm   “STUDENT IN LENINGRAD,THE PRAGUE SPRING & THE BBC”.  DR. ELISABETH ROBSON   This talk draws on Elisabeth’s experiences as a post graduate student in Leningrad (1967-69), in particular around the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact in  August 1968 when she was in Leningrad, cut off from communication with the outside world. In 2015 she was part of a team looking at archive holdings from BBC Monitoring, to assess their value for future historians. These were the…
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“Getting Putin Wrong” 3 July 25th May 2019

Dear All Just to let you know that the talk by Prof Mark Galeotti on 3 July is completely full.  Everyone who has booked has a seat. Best wishes Ute

BEARR lecture “Russia and the ‘no rules’ world of President Putin” Speaker: Bridget Kendall 14th May 2019

Dear All Received from the BEARR Trust Best wishes Ute Dear Friends,This is just a reminder that BEARR’s Annual Lecture, kindly hosted once again by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN. The event will begin at 6pm on 6th June 2019. We are very pleased to announce that Bridget Kendall will be our speaker.    Bridget Kendall specialised in Soviet and Russian affairs after graduating from Oxford, pursuing postgraduate studies at Oxford and Harvard.  She joined the BBC in 1983, serving as Moscow correspondent from 1989 to 1995, Washington correspondent from 1994…
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Concert at St. John smith square on June 13th 3rd May 2019

hello all a brief addendum to my email of a few days ago to say that members can get a £5 discount on full price £25 tickets to the concert by the Resonate Orchestra at St John Smith Square on June 13. You will need to use the  discount code – GBRS20 apologies if anyone has (lile me) already booked at the full price. yours jenny  

Correction to address for “Putin’s Russia: Worldview, grand strategy and cyberspace” on 22 July. 67 Wimpole Street 3rd May 2019

Dear All, Several members have pointed out that we have printed the previous address for the Open Russia Club on our talks programme.  This talk will obviously be at the new address: 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP. Thanks for letting me know and many apologies for the error!   Best wishes Ute

Correction to address for “Putin’s Russia: Worldview, grand strategy and cyberspace” on 22 July 3rd May 2019

Dear All, Several members have pointed out that we have printed the previous address for the Open Russia Club on our talks programme.  This talk will obviously be at the new address: 6 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP. Thanks for letting me know and many apologies for the error!   Best wishes Ute

Pushkin House Music Salon 5th June: Romanovs in Music 2nd May 2019

  Dear All Received from a member. Best wishes Ute   PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: ROMANOVS IN MUSIC Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 19:00 – 21:00 This concert consists entirely of music written by the member of the Russian Royal Family as well as music dedicated to them. Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Narpavnik and Grechaninov all wrote songs on the words by Grand Duke Konstantin Romanov, himself a decent composer. Coronation marches, duets and solo piano pieces forms another major part of this unique concert commemorating the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanovs. T: +44 (0) 20 7269 9770office@pushkinhouse.org.uk

Concert on June 13 at St John smith sq 1st May 2019

hello all members we have received information that the Resonate Symphony Orchestra will perform Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony at St John Smith Square (Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA) on Thursday June 13. Tickets can be booked on the St John Smith Square website and cost £25 (reduction for over 60s). More information about the concert is given below- Resonate Symphony Orchestra  Andrei Iliushkin on PIANO Henry Kennedy CONDUCTOR Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 35 Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 Op. 60 ‘Leningrad’   This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the siege of Leningrad, in which millions of lives were lost from hunger,…
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BEARR Trust Annual Lecture by Bridget Kendall on 6th June 28th April 2019

  Dear All, Received from the BEARR Trust Best wishes Ute Dear Friends,   You are cordially invited to BEARR’s Annual Lecture, kindly hosted once again by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN. The event will begin at 6pm on 6th June 2019. We are very pleased to announce that Bridget Kendall will be our speaker.    Bridget Kendall specialised in Soviet and Russian affairs after graduating from Oxford, pursuing postgraduate studies at Oxford and Harvard.  She joined the BBC in 1983, serving as Moscow correspondent from 1989 to 1995, Washington correspondent…
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Summer programme 28th April 2019

Dear All Just to let you know that you will be receiving your journal and the programme of talks for summer session in the next few days.  We are currently not able to update the booking form on the website, but we are expecting our web designer to make the necessary changes shortly.  In the meantime, you are still able to book talks online if you wish. We look forward to seeing many of you soon. With best wishes Ute  

“GERMANY’S RUSSIA CHALLENGE” MR. JOHN LOUGH on 8 May at the Open Russia Club 11th April 2019

Dear All, The next session’s talks are now listed on our website.  The first one is on: Wednesday 8th May 2019, at 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP, at 6.30 pm for 7.00pm   “GERMANY’S RUSSIA CHALLENGE”    MR. JOHN LOUGH   Of all European countries, Germany cares the most about Russia. Common historical and cultural experience is central to Germany’s view of Russia and its instinctive desire to include Russia in European affairs. After the collapse of the USSR, Germany invested considerable effort in building political, economic, cultural and human links with Russia in the hope that they would…
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Russia on the Couch – Full 6th April 2019

Dear All, Just to let you know that the next talk “Russia on the Couch” is completely full.  Everyone who has booked has a seat. If you have booked and are no longer able to come, please let me know and I will offer your seat to someone on the reserve list. Thanks and best wishes Ute

Saturday 6th April 2019. Group Visit to The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. 4th April 2019

Saturday 6th April 2019. Group Visit  to The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Dear All, This is the Major Exhibition on “Royalty & The Romanovs” covering 300 years of history and running from November 9th 2018 until April 29th 2019.    We will assemble outside the entrance to The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace Road by 10.45 am on Saturday. We look forward to seeing all those on the list.  If you haven’t paid yet, but would like to join us, please let me know tomorrow (Friday).   GROUP PRICES PER PERSON          Adult        …
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Soviet War Memorial Trust Thursday 9 May 4th April 2019

SWMT Reply Form 2019.pdf 222 KB Dear All Received from the SOVIET WAR MEMORIAL TRUST  Best wishes Ute   MEMORIAL TO THE 27,000,000 SOVIET WAR DEAD 1941-1945 Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, London Borough of Southwark (adjacent to the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ) Victory Day – Thursday 9 May 2019 – 11.00am To mark the 74th anniversary of the Allied Victory over Fascism, you are cordially invited to join the Trustees of the Soviet War Memorial Trust in an Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, adjacent to the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, Southwark, London SE1 6HZ on Thursday 9…
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Warwick Translates Summer School 26th March 2019

Dear All You might be interested in the below: Best wishes Ute   “Warwick Translates Summer School” offers the opportunity to translate texts across the literary genres into English, working with leading professional translators. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 20 students to allow for individual attention. Places will be allocated on a strictly ‘first-come-first-served’ basis. The course will be taught in an all-day workshop environment using a variety of texts including non-fiction (essays, journalism, academic) and fiction (poetry, fantasy, children’s literature, crime writing). Lunch time events will include discussion panels with publishers and editors. Evening events will…
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