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Sutton Russian Circle Programme 23rd August 2019

Dear All, You might be interested in the Sutton Russian Circle programme http://www.suttonrussiancircle.org.uk Best wishes Ute

New way to apy both for lunch and the presents for Mrs. Lilian Hochhauser CBE 12th August 2019

To the 40 Members attending The Dress Rehearsal (“Don Quixote”) and lunch with their guests on August 15th. PLEASE DISREGARD THE EARLIER INSTRUCTIONS AS TO HOW TO PAY & FOLLOW THIS NEW WAY TO PAY! 32 people are arriving for the lunch at 11.40 am at “Ristorante La Ballerina”. On arriving please pay either me or Mrs. Ute Lynch with a £20 note (or two £10 notes per person if You have no £20 notes) for each person in your party. This covers both the £16 cost of the lunch and service plus £3 per person towards the gifts to…
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Exhibition, ‘Stalin and Churchill’ Enamel Brooch 2nd August 2019

Dear All Received from John C Q Roberts: An exhibition, ‘Stalin and Churchill’, is being planned for 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe. The exhibition will first be seen in Moscow and then in Britain, probably at the Imperial War Museum.   I have been asked by the Director of the Russian State Archive for Social and Political History to try to locate the enamel brooch in the form of crossed flags, that was given by Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana, to Mary Churchill when they accompanied their fathers at the Yalta Conference. This brooch…
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one spare seat for The Bolshoi’s “Don Quixote” at The Royal Opera House on Thursday August 15th 1st August 2019

Dear Fellow members of The Great Britain-Russia Society Due to a late cancellation by a member, we have one spare seat for the Dress Rehearsal of “Don Quixote” by the fabulous Bolshoi Ballet Company & Orchestra on Thursday August 15th. The seats are free of charge, but everyone who attends is asked to donate just £3 towards presents for Mrs. Lilian Hochhauser, through whose generosity we are privileged to obtain these places. (Please bring the exact money – a £2 & a £1 coin, but no small change or big notes. You will have to enter the lobby through the…
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Monday 22 July “The Life and Work of Yuri Dombrovsky” – Peter Debbins’ talk postponed 21st July 2019

This is an automated message:   Monday 22nd July 2019, at Open Russia, 67 Wimpole Street London W1G 8AP at 6.30 for 7pm     Unfortunately Peter Debbins’ talk on Putin’s Russia has been postponed.   Our Chairman, David Brummell, has agreed to give an illustrated talk on 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…
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“The Life and Work of Yuri Dombrovsky” 22 July (Peter Debbins’ talk postponed) 21st July 2019

This is an automated message: Monday 22nd July 2019, at Open Russia, 67 Wimpole Street London W1G 8AP at 6.30 for 7 pm   Unfortunately Peter Debbins’ talk on Putin’s Russia has been postponed. Our Chairman, David Brummell, has agreed to give an illustrated talk on 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…
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Monday 22nd July 2019, “The Life and Work of Yuri Dombrovsky” (Peter Debbins talk postponed) 21st July 2019

Dear All This is an automated reminder: Monday 22nd July 2019, at Open Russia, 67 Wimpole Street London W1G 8AP at 6.30 for 7 pm Unfortunately Peter Debbins has had to postpone his talk on Putin’s Russia, but our Chairman, David Brummell, has agreed to give an illustrated talk on 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,…
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Talk at 6.30 for 7.00 pm on Monday, 22 July – Open Russia, 67 Wimpole Street 17th July 2019

Dear All,   We regret to inform you that Peter Debbins has unexpectedly had to return to the USA on official business. So we have had to postpone the talk he had planned to give next Monday, 22 July for a future date.   However, our Chairman, David Brummell, has kindly agreed to step into the breach and give an illustrated talk himself on Monday 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…
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The Complete Pushkin – Part II, With Roger Clarke – Pushkin House, 7.00 pm, Tuesday, 16 July 11th July 2019

Dear All You may be interested in the below Pushkin Club event. Best wishes Ute   https://www.pushkinhouse.org/events/2019/7/16/the-complete-pushkin-part-ii-with-roger-clarke     Translator and editor Roger Clarke will update us on progress with the Complete Pushkin project, and will give a brief introduction to Volume II. Readings of selected poems will follow in both English by Gerrie Skeens and Julia Munrow and in Russian by Alla Gelich and Lev Levermore.  There will be time for questions and discussion, as well as for informal conversation among lovers of Pushkin and those wishing to learn more about him. Copies of the new volume and of…
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Those who pre-ordered “In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure” by Dr. Henry Hardy 1st July 2019

Here is the list of those who pre-ordered the book on “Isaiah Berlin” at the specially reduced rate of £11.50. (List price is £20.00)! Barbara Emerson, Amanda Calvert, Edward Ochagavia, John Roberts, Dr. Elisabeth Robson, Mme. Irina Kirillova, George Kegler, Tony Wolstenholme, Mike Dibdin, Anne Charvet, David BRummell, Daniel Salbstein. There will be just one spare copy for sale, and 2 copies will be kept back for Daragh McDowell and Sir David Ratford, who should be at the next talk at 67 Wimpole Street on July 22nd.

Sale of books this Wednesday July 3rd. “In Search of Isaiah Berlin” “The Vory” “We need to talk about Putin” 1st July 2019

Ta all those attending the talk by Professor Mark Galeotti this Wednesday July 3rd at 6.30pm for 7.00pm at 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP 15 people ordered a copy of “In Search of Isaiah Berlin: a Literary Adventure” (in Hardback). The list price is £20, but we are letting it go on Wednesday for just £11.50 – because it had not been delivered in time for the last meeting. There will also be one spare copy for sale. Please bring the exact cash – a ten pound note, a one pound coin and a 50p coin. This saves time,…
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“Getting Putin Wrong” Mark Galeotti 3 July – Sold out 27th June 2019

Dear All, Just to let you know that the next talk on 3 July is completely full. Everyone who has booked online or with me has a seat. If you have booked and can no longer come, please let me know and we will offer your seat to someone on the reserve list. Thanks and best wishes Ute

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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