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Carnegie Moscow Center 21st October 2019

Dear All  This might be of interest Best wishes Ute From: Carnegie Moscow Center <info@nullcarnegie.ru> Date: 18 October 2019 at 14:23:25 BST Subject: The Way Forward for Russia and the EU, Rehabilitating Stalin, Ukraine’s Toxic History Politics, and More Reply-To: info@nullcarnegie.ru The Global Think Tank Russia Facing Europe: A Provisional Road Map Dmitri Trenin argues that new security architecture in Europe will grow out of Moscow’s ongoing confrontation with Washington, and China’s relationships with Russia and the United States. Read Online Commentary and Analysis Putin Welcomes Stalin Back to the Pantheon Foreign Affairs | The Putin regime has no achievements of…
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Pushkin Club: An Evening in Commemoration of Father Alexander Men’ – 7.00 pm, Tuesday, 22 October 17th October 2019

Pushkin Club: An Evening in Commemoration of Father Alexander Men’ – 7.00 pm, Tuesday, 22 October     This event may be of interest to members.  Next Tuesday, 22 October the Pushkin Club will be commemorating Father Alexander Men’ (22 January 1935 – 9 September 1990) by an event which will be dedicated to Russian poetry on religious and spiritual themes.   The ‘old’ Pushkin Club – which was then based in Ladbroke Grove  – held an evening in April 1991  in memory of Father Alexander. In the course of that Evening, poems were read on religious and spiritual themes – including…
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SOVIET WAR MEMORIAL TRUST Act of Remembrance – Sunday 10 November 2019 – 12.30pm 14th October 2019

SOVIET WAR MEMORIAL TRUST   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) Act of Remembrance – Sunday 10 November 2019 – 12.30pm   You are cordially invited to join the Trustees of the Soviet War Memorial Trust (SWMT) at the annual Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday, 10 November 2019 starting at 12.30pm. Participants should gather in front of the main entrance to the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ by 12.15pm. From there they will process to the nearby Memorial.          Invitees include the Mayor…
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16 October: Russia’s Relations with the West: Is the West’s strategy for dealing with Russia fit for purpose? 10th October 2019

This is an automated message Wednesday 16th October at Open Russia Club, 67 Wimpole Street, W1G 8AP Russia’s Relations with the West: Is the West’s strategy for dealing with Russia fit for purpose?   Ruth Deyermond and Malcolm Chalmers   The advent of the Ukraine crisis in 2014 began a period of more open confrontation and conflict between Russia and the West. Outside of the Donbass the conflict has deepened and resulted in more ‘incidents’, from the Skripal poisoning to military confrontation between US and Russian forces in Syria. The sanctions regime constructed in 2014 has clearly failed to change Russia’s behaviour, but does the West…
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Microsoft keyboard 7th October 2019

Dear All, One of our members is offering – free of charge:   – “Microsoft Wired Keyboard”;   – a full size, “straight”, MS keyboard – i.e., not a “curve” design;   – keys are identified both as Roman (top LHS corners of the letter keys), and, in equal size, Cyrillic (bottom RHS corners of the letter keys;   – bought in Moscow, a few years ago;   – little used, and in mint condition.   Please email me if you are interested.   Best wishes Ute    

Ukrainian Politics after the 2019 Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Thursday 3rd October at Pushkin House, 27th September 2019

Dear All This is an automated reminder   Thursday 3rd October at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA   Ukrainian Politics after the 2019 Parliamentary and Presidential Elections   Andrew Wilson, Sarah Whitmore & Orysia Lutsevych   2019 was a monumental year for Ukrainian politics with Volodymyr Zelenskiy comfortably capturing the presidency, and his Servant of the People party achieving the first overall Rada majority in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history. While the course of the Zelenskiy administration is difficult to project, given the ongoing conflict in the Donbass, Crimea, and his own lack of political background, the elections themselves are a milestone in Ukraine’s democratic transition. This roundtable will explore the…
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Visits by Russian journalists – Autumn 2019 26th September 2019

Dear All, Members of the Society may be interested to know that the Thomson Reuters Foundation has for the third consecutive year arranged a programme this autumn of week-long, working press visits to London and the UK for small groups of Russian journalists. The programme is funded by the British Embassy in Moscow. The programme organiser is Richard Meares, a London-based Russian-speaking journalist and journalism trainer for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Each visit will focus on a different theme. The first group, which came here during the week of 16th September, concentrated on diplomacy and international relations. The Foreign Office…
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BEARR’s 2019 Annual Conference on Violence Against Women and Girls 15 November 23rd September 2019

Dear Friends and Supporters, We are delighted to invite you to The BEARR Trust’s Annual Conference, taking place on Friday 15th November 2019, from 9:00 until 17:00. This will be a multi-panel, all-day event, examining Violence Against Women and Girls in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and NGO initiatives to end it. Click here for a full timetable of the day. We will have speakers from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and the UK, and will be looking at the subject from both a research perspective and from the point of view of NGO activity in the region,…
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The State Duma’s Role in Russian Politics, Ben Noble, 19 September 12th September 2019

Dear All This is an automated reminder Thursday 19th September at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA at 6.30pm for 7.00pm   The State Duma’s Role in Russian Politics Ben Noble   Often caricatured as a rubber stamp legislature, the Duma plays an important role in Russian politics and policy. In an informal system, where political power depends on catching the Kremlin’s notice, the Duma is a key venue for both political theatre as well as policy development. This talk aims to shine more light on one of the most underappreciated elements of the Russian government.   Dr Ben Noble (BA MPhil DPhil Oxon) is lecturer…
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GBRS Programme September-November 2019 27th August 2019

Dear All, Please see the new Great Britain-Russia Society talks programme attached and below and members may now book online. All talks this session are at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Thursday 19th September at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA The State Duma’s Role in Russian Politics Ben Noble Often caricatured as a rubber stamp legislature, the Duma plays an important role in Russian politics and policy. In an informal system, where political power depends on catching the Kremlin’s notice, the Duma is a key venue for both political theatre as well as policy development. This talk aims to shine…
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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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