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An event at Pushkin House that might be of interest 5th February 2020

hello all   please find below details of a poetry event be t Tuesday at Pushkin House which might be of interest to the membership. PROPHETIC POEMS BY RUSSIAN POETS  –  Pushkin Club, Pushkin House – 7.00 pm, Tuesday, 11th February 2020 In English, with readings of poems in English and Russian The Pushkin Club continues the celebration of its 65th Anniversary with an Evening dedicated to the prophetic visions of the greatest Russian poets. Poems by poets of the Golden Age, the Silver Age and the latter part of the 20th century will be read in Russian and in English translation. These poems contain amazing prophesies…

The future of protest in Russia on Thursday 30 January 28th January 2020

hello all attendees of the lecture on thursday just  quick reminder that thus lecture is not in any of our usual locations. The location and directions are available on the website and are also produced here below. our talks organiser Lincoln Pigman will also be in reception and will have the attendance list. Thursday 30th January – 6.00pm for 6.15pm at Kings College London, Bush House (Room 2.09 in the southeast wing), 300 The Strand, London, WC2R IAE. The entrance to use for The south east wing is on the Strand opposite the main Kings College building. Once inside, please go…

Two-day intensive seminar in advanced Russian 22nd January 2020

Dear All Received from Andrew Jameson. Best wishes Ute   Seminar Programme (full programme of lectures available on the website)   The two-day intensive seminar in advanced Russian 2020 offers a stimulating lecture programme, aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters of Russian, as well as all those with an advanced-level comprehension of spoken Russian and an interest in contemporary Russia. Two senior lecturers from St Petersburg, Russia, each read four lectures per day, in parallel, on a selection of topics covering both Russian linguistics and ‘stranovedenie’ (country studies, including Russian literature, culture, education and history). Participants choose from one of…

St Gregory’s Foundation vacancy 21st January 2020

Dear All Please see email below from the St Gregory’s Foundation.  If you are interested in finding out more about their vacancy, please contact Julia Ashmore. Best wishes Ute St Gregory’s Foundation is looking for a part-time Assistant to take on some administrative work, liaising with Russian charity projects and providing assistance for our sole employee.  www.stgregorysfoundation.org.uk/get-involved/work-for-st-gregorys-foundation/ Kind regards,   Julia Ashmore, Executive Secretary The St. Gregory’s Foundation Helping vulnerable families and children in Russia and Georgia UK registered charity 1002469 www.stgregorysfoundation.org.uk Tel. +44(0)203 372 4992  

Yekaterina Schulmann – The Future of Protest in -Thursday 30 January 17th January 2020

Dear All, Just to let you know that the talk on 30 January is completely full.  Everyone who has booked online or with me has a seat. Best wishes Ute

New Russias 2020 Festival 7-9 February 17th January 2020

Dear All, I thought you might like to know about this event taking place in Manchester 7-9 February. Best wishes Ute   New Russias 2020 – the first UK festival dedicated to contemporary Russian culture – 7-9 February 2020, Manchester, UK. New Russias is a brand-new initiative aimed at introducing contemporary Russian culture to the British public in all its diversity and richness. The festival takes place over three days and five different venues in Manchester, showcasing the newest and most exciting trends in Russian literature, music, cinema, and visual arts.  Free registration for the symposium and booking for the festival…


Dear All, Happy New Year! Just to let you know that there are still places available for the Old Russian New Year party at POSK on Saturday 11 January.  If you would like to join us, please could you book online, send me a cheque (to 43 Kenilworth Court, Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1EN, made out to the GB Russia Society) or email me by Saturday evening so that I can let POSK have numbers and menu choices. Please see details below:   “THE GREAT BRITAIN RUSSIA SOCIETY’s PARTY CELEBRATING RUSSIA’S NEW YEAR-OLD STYLE will be held in the…

Old New Year Party on Saturday, 11 January at POSK 17th December 2019

Dear All,   A number of you have already booked for our Old New Year Party on Saturday, 11 January – one of the social highlights of the Society’s year.   This is just to let you know that places are still available for this event.   If you haven’t yet decided, may I draw your attention to the following:   We’re holding our party at a different – and livelier – venue this year: POSK (Polish Social and Cultural Centre), 238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, which is a short walk from Ravenscourt Park Tube. The food at POSK is excellent and…

Russian Old New Year Party at POSK on Saturday 11 January 2020 12th November 2019

Dear All,   Just to let you know that you can pay online or by cheque for the Old Russian New Year party, to be held at POSK, the Polish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith.   Please see details and booking form attached.   Best wishes Ute  

Russian church bazaar 14 December 11th November 2019

Dear All,   You may like to know that the Russian Church bazaar will take place at St Mary Abbotts Hall on Saturday 14 December at 12:00 – 16:00.   Best wishes   Ute  

13th November at Open Russia Club: Politics beyond the Kremlin: Developments in Russia’s regions 10th November 2019

This is an automated message Wednesday 13th November at Open Russia Club, 67 Wimpole Street, W1G 8AP. Talk is at 1830 for 1900.   Politics beyond the Kremlin: Developments in Russia’s regions by Gulnaz Sharafutdinova   Coverage of Russia, both academically and in the mainstream press is overwhelmingly focused on the Kremlin and the capital. However, Russia’s regions play an important role in the country’s national political development, and one that is only growing as more and more Russians outside of Moscow become willing to take to the streets on issues from pension reform to waste management. With Kremlin politics in a state of uncertainty…

Friday 15th November BEARR’s Conference on Violence Against Women and Girls at CAN Mezzanine, Borough 5th November 2019

Received from the BEARR Trust ** Please note that our address changed in January. Our conference on Friday 15th November will be held at: CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR.  We have just eleven days until our conference on Violence Against Women and Girls in Eastern Europe and Central Asia! Haven’t got a ticket yet? Click here to book via our website or alternatively, via Eventbrite. Please note that Eventbrite charges a booking fee.   The finalised programme boasts speakers from Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and the UK and promises a full day of insightful and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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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