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Joining information for GB-Russia Society talk by Dr Martin McCauley on 3 August 2020 via Zoom 2nd August 2020

Thank you for making or requesting a ‘household’ booking to attend Dr Martin McCauley’s talk ‘Revisiting the Brezhnev Era: why was the system so ineffective despite having so many good people?’, 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. 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…
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Monday 3 August – Martin McCauley : Revisiting the Brezhnev Era 18:30 for 19:00 31st July 2020

    Dear All, This is an automated reminder for the next talk in our Zoom series which will take place on Monday August 3rd at 18:30 for 19:00. We are inviting members, their guests and non-members to book for this Zoom talks in the same way they book physical talks. Those who book will receive an email from our Hon Secretary, Henry Pares, with a link to the Zoom event, one or two days before the talk, inviting them to take part by clicking on the link.  The talk costs £5 per household booking. If you would like to use a credit from…
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Joining information for GB-Russia Society talk by Sergei Guriev on 24 June 2020 via Zoom 23rd June 2020

Thank you for making or requesting a ‘household’ booking to attend Dr Sergei Guriev’s talk on ‘The impact of the COVID crisis on the Russian economy’, 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. 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…
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Wednesday June 24 Dr Sergei Guriev – The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Russian Economy” at 19:00 (the link will be live from 18:30). 20th June 2020

Dear All, Just a reminder that our next talk will take place on Wednesday June 24 Dr Sergei Guriev – The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Russian Economy” at 19:00 (the link will be live from 18:30).“Above and beyond its public health impact, the coronavirus is ravaging economies across the globe. In Russia the impact is likely to be more pronounced, since the pandemic has also accelerated a substantial drop in the price of oil. Sergei Guriev, one of the most celebrated Russian economists of his generation and a highly-respected commentator on current events in Russia, joins us at the GB–Russia Society to discuss the prospects for the Russian economy…
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Joining information for GB-Russia Society talk by Catherine Belton on 11 June 2020 via Zoom 10th June 2020

Thank you for making or requesting a ‘household’ booking to attend Catherine Belton’s talk ‘Putin’s People: How the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West’, 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. 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….
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Zoom talks on 11th and 24th June. 19:00 6th June 2020

Dear All, Apologies – I omitted to include the start time in my previous email. The talks will start at 19:00, but the link Henry Pares sends out will be live from 18:30 on the night. Best wishes Ute  

2 talks via Zoom: Thursday June 11 – Catherine Belton and Wednesday June 24 – Dr Sergei Guriev 6th June 2020

Dear All,   Please see details for the next two talks which will again take place via Zoom:   Thursday June 11 – Catherine Belton: “Putin’s People: How the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West” Catherine Belton is a special correspondent for Reuters, and served as the Financial Times’ Moscow Correspondent from 2007-13, and has contributed to the Moscow Times and Business Week. Her book “Putin’s People: How the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West” was published in April 2020 and is a Sunday Times best-seller. As the Soviet Union crumbled and Russia transitioned to…
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Reaching out to a wider audience 2nd June 2020

Dear All, As you know, during the lockdown we are continuing – thanks to Zoom – to hold talks which, I believe, have been appreciated by those members who have attended them. We all naturally hope that in the not-too-distant future it will be possible to resume physical meetings. It may well be, though, that even after relaxation of current social distancing measures we will consider continuing with on-line meetings in conjunction with physical meetings, to continue to enable the wider member and non-member participation that we now realise to be possible through meeting on-line. One of the particular advantages…
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Pushkin House event 9 June 1st June 2020

Dear All The Pushkin Club have brought to our attention an on-line event to be hosted by Pushkin House on 9 June which may be of interest to members. To mark the Birthday of Alexander Pushkin, the Club are celebrating Pushkin’s ‘Boldino Autumn’ and ‘The Feast during the Plague’. The evening will open with a description (with slides) of the Boldino Autumn, which will be followed by a poetry recital in English and Russian. More details can be found in the link below:: https://www.pushkinhouse.org/events/2020/6/9/zoom-event-the-feast-during-the-plague Best wishes Ute

Joining information for GB-Russia Society talk by Dr Bettina Renz on Tuesday 26 May via Zoom 25th May 2020

Thank you for making or requesting a ‘household’ booking to attend Dr. Bettina Renz’s talk ‘Russia’s Military Revival’, 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.   information redacted as only available to those booking   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 as this is only our third…
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Tuesday 26 May – Dr. Bettina Renz: “Russia’s military revival”. 22nd May 2020

Dear All – this is a reminder for the next talk on Tuesday 26 May, starting at 19:00 (but please click on the Zoom link 5/10 minutes beforehand). Dr. Bettina Renz: “Russia’s military revival” At the end of the Cold War the once formidable Red Army was divided up among the successor states. While Russia could boast the largest number of weapons and men under arms, corruption and demoralisation drastically reduced their effectiveness, while the US and its allies raced ahead. Only with the invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and subsequent campaign in Syria have Russia’s conventional forces begun to…
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Joining information for GB-Russia Society talk by Dr Uilleam Blacker on Monday 11 May via Zoom 10th May 2020

Thank you for making or requesting a ‘household’ booking to attend Dr Uilleam Blacker’s talk ‘Memory after Maidan – The politics of memory in post-revolutionary Ukraine’, at which you will be most welcome. Here, for your private information, is how to attend via Zoom. 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 as this is only our second talk via Zoom and the first one using ‘waiting room’ and offering a…
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11 May – Dr. Uilleam Blacker: “Memory after Maidan – The politics of memory in post-revolutionary Ukraine 10th May 2020

  Dear All,   This is to remind those who have booked for tomorrow’s talk that Henry Pares, our Hon Secretary, will be sending later today a Zoom link to enable them to join.  Please let me know during the day tomorrow, if you haven’t received the link.   If anyone else would like to join the talk, please either book online or let me know today.   We look forward to “seeing” many of you tomorrow evening.   Best wishes   Ute   Dear All, I hope you are keeping well.  This is a reminder that the next talk…
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[GBR] Zoom talk on Monday 11 May: Dr. Uilleam Blacker: “Memory after Maidan – The politics of memory in post-revolutionary Ukraine” 6th May 2020

Dear All, I hope you are keeping well.  This is a reminder that the next Great Britain-Russia Society talk will take place via Zoom on Monday 11 May: Dr. Uilleam Blacker: “Memory after Maidan – The politics of memory in post-revolutionary Ukraine”.  As nations are all what Benedict Anderson once called ‘imagined communities’, the collective memories and shared experiences of their members are vital to binding them together and forging their identity. Events combining both trauma and upheaval, such as the ‘Revolution of Dignity’, form powerful focal points in determining these identities. Dr Blacker will discuss how this process has unfolded…
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Zoom talk on Monday 11 May: Dr. Uilleam Blacker: “Memory after Maidan – The politics of memory in post-revolutionary Ukraine” 5th May 2020

  Dear All,   I hope you are keeping well.  This is a reminder that the next talk will take place via Zoom on Monday 11 May:   Dr. Uilleam Blacker: “Memory after Maidan – The politics of memory in post-revolutionary Ukraine”.   As nations are all what Benedict Anderson once called ‘imagined communities’, the collective memories and shared experiences of their members are vital to binding them together and forging their identity. Events combining both trauma and upheaval, such as the ‘Revolution of Dignity’, form powerful focal points in determining these identities. Dr Blacker will discuss how this process…
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Joining instructions for GB-Russia Society talk by Professor Dan Healey on Tuesday 28 April using Zoom 26th April 2020

Thank you for your booking. Here is the link to use (plus other details, which should not be needed) to join The Great Britain-Russia Society talk by Professor Dan Healey on Tuesday 28 April using Zoom video conferencing. [redacted as only available in email to those who have booked] This is first time the Society has used video conferencing for a talk, and we hope that you will find it pretty straightforward. The video will be live to join from 6:45pm (UK time) and the talk will start, as usual, at 7pm. Please try to join in good time so…
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Tuesday 28th – Professor Dan Healey: “Being queer in the Soviet Union after Stalin” 25th April 2020

  Dear All,   Just a reminder that our next talk will take place by Zoom on Tuesday 28th April.  Please see details below.  As this is a bit of a trial run, we would like to invite you to dial in free of charge.   You do not need to have the Zoom App on your computer in order to dial in.    If you wish to join this talk, please let me know so that Henry Pares, our Hon Secretary can email you the link and joining instructions.    Tuesday 28 April at 19:00   Professor Dan Healey:…
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Great Britain-Russia Society: Programme of talks via Zoom – April-June 2020 22nd April 2020

Great Britain-Russia Society: Programme of talks via Zoom – April-June 2020 Dear All, We are delighted that four speakers have agreed to present talks by way of the Zoom video-conferencing facility. We are inviting members, their guests and non-members to book these Zoom talks in the same way they book physical talks. Those who book will receive an email from our Hon Secretary, Henry Pares, with a link to the Zoom event, two days before the talk, inviting them to take part by clicking on the link. As this will be somewhat experimental, we would like to invite you to…
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Contacting members of the Society 30th March 2020

    Dear All, I hope you are well.  A member has recently suggested that some members of the Society might appreciate being able to contact each other during this difficult time. The Committee agrees that this is a good idea and one which we should facilitate for those members who are interested. The purpose of this email is to ask if you would like to be able to contact – and be contacted by – other members and if so, whether you would like me to share your email address with the other members who are also interested.  Please…
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Cancellation of GB-Russia Society Annual Members Meeting and Spring talks programme 19th March 2020

Dear Member, Thank you for all responses to last Thursday’s email. In the light of official advice about the developing COVID-19 pandemic since then, the Committee has with regret decided that it has no option but to cancel the 26 March AMM and to postpone all Spring programme talks presently scheduled until the end of April. The Committee commends to you the Chairman’s Report, which summarises the Society’s activities over the last year, and which is contained within the Report & Accounts that were attached with my email of 12 March (together with the Agenda and Minutes of last year’s…
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Cancellation of GB-Russia Society Annual Members Meeting and Spring talks programme 19th March 2020

Dear GB-Russia Society member, Thank you for all responses to last Thursday’s email. In the light of official advice about the developing COVID-19 pandemic since then, the Committee has with regret decided that it has no option but to cancel the 26 March AMM and to postpone all Spring programme talks presently scheduled until the end of April. The Committee commends to you the Chairman’s Report, which summarises the Society’s activities over the last year, and which is contained within the Report & Accounts that were attached with my email of 12 March (together with the Agenda and Minutes of…
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Cancellation of GB-Russia Society Annual Members Meeting and Spring talks programme 19th March 2020

Dear Member, Thank you for all responses to last Thursday’s email. In the light of official advice about the developing COVID-19 pandemic since then, the Committee has with regret decided that it has no option but to cancel the 26 March AMM and to postpone all Spring programme talks presently scheduled until the end of April. The Committee commends to you the Chairman’s Report, which summarises the Society’s activities over the last year, and which is contained within the Report & Accounts that were attached with my email of 12 March (together with the Agenda and Minutes of last year’s…
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GB-Russia Society Annual Members Meeting on 26 March at 5:45 for 6 pm at Pushkin House 12th March 2020

Dear GB-Russia Society Member, As advised in the New Year edition of East-West Review and on our website (https://gbrussia.org/programme/), the Annual Members Meeting (AMM) of The Great Britain-Russia Society will be held at Pushkin House on Thursday 26 March before Marat Shterin’s talk on ‘Vera and Vlast: Religion’s Role in Russian Politics’. It will be at 5:45 pm for 6 pm and followed by drinks before the talk begins at 7 pm. You are encouraged to review the attached the Agenda, Minutes of last year’s AMM and the Reports & Accounts, including the Chairman’s Report, for the year ended 30 June…
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‘Traditional Values’ and the Law in Putin’s Russia’ 11 March Open Russia Club 8th March 2020

Dear All, This is an automated message   Wednesday 11th March at Open Russia Club, 67 Wimpole Street, W1G 8AP   ‘Traditional Values’ and the Law in Putin’s Russia   Jane Henderson   Vladimir Putin came to power promising a ‘dictatorship of the law’. Since 2012 he has consciously built a more socially conservative regime, emphasising opposition to ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ and promoting ‘traditional values’. How has Russia’s ‘conservative turn’ interacted with the Kremlin’s formal legal and constitutional obligations?   Jane Henderson, a King’s College London affiliate educated at the University of London, is a retired academic lawyer. She has written widely on…
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We Are Building Capitalism! Moscow in Transition 1992–1997 24th February 2020

Dear All This is an automated reminder   Wednesday 26th February at Open Russia Club, 67 Wimpole Street, W1G 8AP  at 18:30 for 19:00   We Are Building Capitalism! Moscow in Transition 1992–1997   Robert Stephenson   Few cities have undergone transitions as enormous as that endured by Moscow in the wake of the Soviet collapse. Robert Stephenson takes us on an illustrated tour of the Russian capital’s transformation with his photographs of a remarkable city in an extraordinary historical moment.   Robert Stephenson is a photographer and the author of We Are Building Capitalism! Moscow in transition 1992–1997 (2019). A former UK senior civil servant…
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