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THE LAST TSAR : BLOOD AND REVOLUTION at the Science Museum 18th September 2018

Dear All You might be interested in this exhibition at the Science Museum THE LAST TSAR : BLOOD AND REVOLUTION 21 September 2018 – 24 March 2019e: 21 September 2018 – 24 March 2019 Explore the extraordinary lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and go behind the scenes to uncover the science behind one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century.   Rulers of a sixth of the surface of the Earth, the last imperial monarchs of Russia, the Romanovs, enjoyed lives that glittered with unimaginable wealth and power but the family mysteriously disappeared in…
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THE BOLSHEVIKS & THE BUILDING OF SOCIALISM 1917-1921 at Pushkin House 18th September 2018

Dear All Please be advised that this talk will be at Pushkin House 5a Bloomsbury Way London WC1A 2TA not at UCL SSEES as previously advertised. Monday 8 October at 6.30 for 7.00 pm. THIS TALK IS CO-SPONSORED BY UCL SSEES THE FRONT DOOR OF PUSHKIN HOUSE IS ON BLOOMSBURY WAY THE BOLSHEVIKS & THE BUILDING OF SOCIALISM 1917-1921 DR. BERYL WILLIAMS The Bolsheviks came to power in October 1917 promising to build socialism. All factions within the party and its followers agreed with this; but what was socialism and how did you build it? This lecture will look at…
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BEARR Trust annual lecture 13th September 2018

    Dear Friends, You are cordially invited to the BEARR Trust Annual Lecture on 20 September 2018, 18:00 at EBRD (One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN). Topic: Putin’s Russia and the Ghosts of the Past Speaker: Shaun Walker, The Guardian Shaun Walker is Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent for The Guardian, based in Budapest and covering the wider region. Previously, he spent more than a decade in Moscow, first for The Independent and then for The Guardian. His book on Putin’s Russia, The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past, was published in January 2018 by Oxford University Press. The lecture will be followed by…
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BEARR Trust lecture 12th September 2018

ubject: REMINDER: BEARR Trust Annual Lecture by Shaun Walker, The Guardian:  “Putin’s Russia & the Ghosts of the Past”, 20 Sept 2018 Dear Friends, You are cordially invited to the BEARR Trust Annual Lecture on 20 September 2018, 18:00 at EBRD (One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN). Topic: Putin’s Russia and the Ghosts of the Past Speaker: Shaun Walker, The Guardian Shaun Walker is Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent for The Guardian, based in Budapest and covering the wider region. Previously, he spent more than a decade in Moscow, first for The Independent and then for The Guardian. His book on Putin’s Russia, The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts…
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Ozerov’s PORTRAITS WITHOUT FRAMES at Pushkin House on November 13 11th September 2018

Dear All Received from Robert Chandler Best wishes Ute   Dear all,   While compiling THE PENGUIN BOOK OF RUSSIAN POETRY, Boris Dralyuk, Irina Mashinski and I discovered three important poets I hadn’t known.  One was Georgy Ivanov – the poems he wrote during his last year are among the finest short lyrics I know in any language.  The second was Varlam Shalamov – I had known only his prose, but some of his poems are no less remarkable.  And the third was Lev Ozerov.  Like Georgy Ivanov, he achieved true greatness in his last collection, published only after his death….
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BEARR Annual Lecture – Shaun Walker, The Guardian 11th September 2018

Dear All Received from the BEARR Trust Best wishes Ute Dear Friends, You are cordially invited to the BEARR Trust Annual Lecture on 20 September 2018, 18:00 at EBRD (One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN). Topic: Putin’s Russia and the Ghosts of the Past Speaker: Shaun Walker, The Guardian      Shaun Walker is Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent for The Guardian, based in Budapest and covering the wider region. Previously, he spent more than a decade in Moscow, first for The Independent and then for The Guardian. His book on Putin’s Russia, The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past, was published in January…
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Message from Tony Wolstenholme 2nd September 2018

Dear Members/ Frintonians This is a privately organised unusual itinerary in South Russia. At short notice, one couple has had to withdraw and there are two spare places in a multinational group of 13 ….. organised by Norman, a Dutch-based South African. Some are single, some have partners/spouses. But time is very short and any takers will have to make urgent applications for Russian visas. Help is available from ASLA, Huntingdon – Ask for Becky. Tel 01480 433799 Itinerary. Fly to Moscow. Optional Moscow tour for Euros 125. A cruise aboard MS Vasilii Kandinsky along the Moscow canal to the Volga via Uglich, Yaroslavl,…
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Chekhov’s Requiem 2nd September 2018

Thursday 6th September 2018, Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, LondonWC1A2TA 6:30 for 7pm. “REQUIEM”.  Five short stories by Anton Chekhov made into a play by MR. PAUL CAISTER.   ANTON PAVLOVICH CHEKHOV (1860-1904) wrote 588 short stories, and ranged more widely in subject matter than any Russian writer before him. According to Somerset Maugham, Katherine Mansfield and others he was the greatest ever writer of short stories. The 5 stories that Mr. Paul Caister has dramatised have all the qualities, layers, observation and compassion of Chekhov’s 4 great plays.   Paul Caister trained at the Bristol Old Vic as an actor. He…
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Unusual itinerary in South Russia 2nd September 2018

Dear All Received from Tony Wolstenholme Best wishes Ute   Dear Ute   Would you be able to circulate the message below to Society members? Time, I’m afraid is very short. A couple have had to drop out owing to a relative expected to die shortly from cancer.     Best wishes   Tony     Dear Members/ Frintonians This is a privately organised unusual itinerary in South Russia. At short notice, one couple has had to withdraw and there are two spare places in a multinational group of 13 ….. organised by Norman, a Dutch-based South African. Some are…
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GBRS Chekhov’s Requiem 2nd September 2018

  Thursday 6th September 2018, Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, LondonWC1A2TA 6:30 for 7pm. “REQUIEM”.  Five short stories by Anton Chekhov made into a play by MR. PAUL CAISTER.   ANTON PAVLOVICH CHEKHOV (1860-1904) wrote 588 short stories, and ranged more widely in subject matter than any Russian writer before him. According to Somerset Maugham, Katherine Mansfield and others he was the greatest ever writer of short stories. The 5 stories that Mr. Paul Caister has dramatised have all the qualities, layers, observation and compassion of Chekhov’s 4 great plays.   Paul Caister trained at the Bristol Old Vic as an actor….
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Paul Caister talks about the plays and some short stories of Anton Chekhov 31st August 2018

Dear fellow members Our first talk this next Thursday September 6th at Pushkin House (6.30 for 7.00 pm) promises to be not only interesting, but also knowledgeable in depth and delivered with immense enthusiasm. Do please make every effort to come along, and make your reservations either on the internet or by posting your cheque to Mrs. Ute Lynch our Hon Membership Secretary. I look forward to seeing many of You. Best wishes Daniel Salbstein (talks organizer).

Razumovsky concerts 28th August 2018

  Dear All, Please see below the details of forthcoming concerts at the Razumovsky Academy in Kensal Green. Tuesday 11 September 2018     Angelika Kirchschlager – mezzo soprano, Julius Drake – piano Schubert – Winterreise To raise funds for the Razumovsky Trust  19:00 Drinks, 19:30 Recital, 20:30 Dinner Suggested donation: £75/p Wednesday 3 October 2018 Razumovsky Academy Fundraising Gala Music by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov   To raise funds for the Razumovsky Academy Steinway D piano fund 19:30 Drinks, 20:00 Recital, 21:00 Dinner  Suggested donation: £75/p Saturday 6 October 2018 Liubov Ulybysheva – cello,  John Paul Ekins – piano Musical Soiree to celebrate the…
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GB Russia Society Autumn Programme 12th August 2018

Dear All Please see the new GB Russia Society Programme. We look forward to seeing you at a talk soon. Very best wishes Ute

GB Russia Autumn Programme booking form 12th August 2018

Dear All I hope you are having a good summer… The Autumn/Winter lecture programme is now posted on the programme section of the website.  Members can book online for all events.  Daniel has once again put together an excellent series of lectures. Unfortunately the Winter booking form for members wishing to book by post has not yet been uploaded to the site.  A copy of the form will be available with the journal which is due out before the end of August.  We are also attempting to attach the booking form to this email. It is also possible to book…
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Anne Applebaum lecture on July 2 28th June 2018

Dear fellow members of The Great Britain-Russia Society This coming Monday July 2nd we have a major “five star” event when visiting Professor Anne Applebaum will talk about her latest book “Red Famine”. If You have not yet booked , You can reserve and pay for your seats on the Society’s web site www.gbrussia.org or ‘phone the Hon. Treasurer Jenny Alexander on 0208 870 5069 or email her at: treasurer@gbrussia.org. Or You can ‘phone me Daniel Salbstein on 01903 210611 or email me at: talks@gbrussia.org.  Ute Lynch is abroad on vacation. When You hear this lecture You will fully understand why relations  between Ukraine & The Russian Federation are…
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New standing order forms 5th June 2018

Dear valued GBRS members i hope this message finds you enjoying the summer. I’m writing to you about the new standing order forms that were sent to you together with the latest edition of the East West journal towards the end of April this year. As Daniel Salbstein explained then in his letter to you, we have been required by NatWest to change our account number (sort code unchanged). As a result, all your existing standing orders with us cease to be valid in July. In order for us to continue to receive your membership fee this year we need…
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Anna Akhmatova and Isaiah Berlin in Leningrad in 1945 – Sunday 10 June 30th May 2018

Dear All, Please see an invitation attached to Anna Akhmatova and Isaiah Berlin in Leningrad in 1945 at Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD Paintings by Janet Q Treloar, RWS Preview Sunday 10 June 2018 12 noon to 3 pm Best wishes Ute

Postponed to 2 July The Ukrainian Famine Anne Applebaum 21st May 2018

Dear All, Due to family commitments Anne Applebaum is now unable to give her talk on Wednesday 27 June.  She will fortunately be able to do so on Monday 2 July at the Open Russia Club. I would be grateful if those who have booked could let us know if they are able to join us on Monday 2 July or alternatively they would like to receive a credit for a future talk.  Please email us on membership@gbrussia.org and talks@gbrussia.org. Apologies for the inconvenience. Best wishes Ute

Victory Day Special: The Fallen and The Living at the Pushkin Club 8th May 30th April 2018

Dear All You might be interested in this poetry reading. Best wishes Ute Victory Day Special: The Fallen and The Living // Павшие и живые Pushkin Club – 7.30-9.00 pm, Tuesday, 8th May 2018 In English and Russian An Evening dedicated by the Pushkin Club to Victory Day. The Evening is inspired by the play, The Fallen and The Living // Павшие и живые, which was directed by Yuri Lyubimov and performed at the Taganka Theatre in 1965, on the 20th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.  The play was dedicated to the young poets who went to…
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Russian Opera and Gala 29 April Cadogan Hall at 16:30 24th April 2018

Dear All  You might be interested in the Russian Opera Gala – please find details at this link. https://www.artaroundtheglobe.com/single-post/2018/03/21/Russian-Opera-Gala-9th-UK-Russian-Song-Festival-29th-April-2018 http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/russian-opera-gala-2018/ Best wishes Ute

The summer 2018 talks programme 21st April 2018

hello to all members This is a short message to let you know that the information about the six talks in the Great Britain Russia Society’s summer programme (May – July 2018) are now on the society’s website. It is possible for members to book for the talks through the website or by downloading the booking form and sending this off with a cheque in the post. Members will also shortly be receiving the next East West journal. The journal will include information on the talks programme and a copy of the booking form. Our final talk in the spring…
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The Golden Age of the Imperial Theatres: Opera at the Mariinsky, 1890-1917 3rd April 2018

Dear All You might be interested in this. Best wishes Ute The Golden Age of the Imperial Theatres: Opera at the Mariinsky, 1890-1917 Tuesday 1st May The Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall 10.30-12.30 Featuring: Dr. Rosamund Bartlett (cultural historian) Sophie Pullen (soprano) and Maria Levandovskaya (piano) Tickets £30 During the course of this morning’s lecture recital with Maria Levandovskaya and Sophie Pullen, Dr. Bartlett will give an overview of the most significant opera productions at imperial St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre during its most glorious period, highlighting the composers, directors, singers and conductors who helped to build its international reputation.  Her talk will be illustrated with rare period photographs, set designs and historic…
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Lecture on Monday 26 February 25th February 2018

Hello all members We look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow (Monday 26 February) at the Open Russia Club, 16 Hannover Square for Giles Udy’s lecture on “Labour and the Gulag: Russia and the seduction of the British left”. If you would like to attend but have not yet booked please contact us through the usual channels or book on-line for what promises to be a fascinating evening. We are also delighted to announce that Giles Udy’s book will be on sale to all present at a price of £17 (usual price £30). Please bring the exact money. Yours…
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Night in Norilsk 15th February 2018

NIGHT IN NORILSK 27 February 2018, 19.00 Pushkin House, 5 A Bloomsbury London WC1A 2TA   White Space Gallery in collaboration with Pushkin House presents a new visual performance by Moscow based photographer Grigoriy Yaroshenko and renowned cellist and electronic music producer Vytautas Sondeckis. Please join us at the Pushkin House for a unique night-time photo projection of Norilsk and live Guarneri cello and electronic EMS synthesizer performance by Vytautas Sondeckis. Vocal by Verene Andronikof. This will be followed by Q&A with Grigoriy Yaroshenko and book signing of his brand new book Norilsk published by White Space Gallery. Tickets and…
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Russian Opera Gala and 9th International Song Festival 11th February 2018

Dear All I thought this might be of interest. Best wishes Ute   Опера-Гала и 9-й Международный Фестиваль-Конкурс Исполнителей Русской и Английской Песни в Великобритании   Дата: Воскресенье 29 апреля 2018 г. 16.30 – 21:00   Cadogan Hall,, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ   Гала –Концерт и 9-й Международный Фестиваль-Конкурс Исполнителей Русской Песни в Великобритании, посвященный Великим русским певцам: Народной артистке СССР Елене Образцовой и Народному артисту России Дмитрию Хворостовскому, состоится в Кадоган Холле при участии известных в мире музыкантов и певцов.    При поддержке: Культурного Центра ЕЛЕНЫ ОБРАЗЦОВОЙ (Россия, Санкт-Петербург), Британского Имперского Оркестра (Лондон), дирижер: Dr. Graham O. Jones, MBE; Лондонской школы…
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