THE GREAT BRITAIN-RUSSIA SOCIETY
Programme for the Autumn-Winter Session 2018 (& Russian Old/New Year Party on Jan 12th 2019)
Priority booking period for members until September 1st 2018
3 talks will be at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square. Nearest tube stations are Holborn or Tottenham Court Road. 4 talks will be at The Open Russia Club, NOW at 67 WIMPOLE STREET, LONDON WIG 8AP. Nearest tube stations are Bond Street & Oxford Circus. 1 meeting will be held at UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton St, WC1H 0BW. Nearest tube:Euston. EIGHT OUTSTANDING EXPERTS!
Thursday 6th September 2018, Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, LondonWC1A2TA 630 for 7pm. “REQUIEM”. Five short stories by Anton Chekhov made into a play by. MR. PAUL CASTER.
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 & 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 & compassion of Chekhov’s 4 great plays.
Paul Caister trained at the Bristol Old Vic as an actor. He travelled to Australia, where he lived, wrote, acted, directed & taught for 5 years. On his return he started The Poor School, an acting school that he ran for 32 years. As an ardent life long fan of Chekhov, he then wrote “Requiem” for which he holds the rights. He believes it is a play that English speaking theatres around the world will want to do.
“REQUIEM” WILL BE PERFORMED IN THE UPSTAIRS THEATRE AT THE GATEHOUSE, HIGHATE VILLAGE LONDON N6 4BD BOX OFFICE: 0208 340 3488. FROM SEPTEMBER 12TH TO OCTOBER 6TH 2018.
“PAUL CAISTER WILL MAKE CHEKHOV ENTHUSIASTS OF US ALL!”
Wednesday 26th September 2018, at the Open Russia Club, 67 Wimpole Street. London W1G 8AP at 6.30 for 7.00pm. “Marking the Centenary of a Russian Coup d’Etat and the Life of Secret Agent Captain Leo Steveni MC OBE” An illustrated talk by MARTIN VANDER WEYER.
Leo Steveni’s kinsman Major Peter Steveney will introduce the talk with his personal recollections of this remarkable SIS officer.
The daring deeds of Captain Leo Steveni more than match those found in the thrillers of Ian Fleming or John Le Carre. This talk highlights his activities during the Russian Revolution and subsequent Civil War. In the words of one historian “Steveni was a thorough-going reactionary who desired a complete restoration of the Tsarist regime”. He was in the thick of the key event of the Omsk coup, and was later accused of secretly promoting Kolchak’s rise to power in order to advance British interests in the outcome of the Civil War. Later in Persia he had a hand in the escape from Russia of Stalin’s Secretary Boris Bajanov. This talk includes many other amazing feats in a fascinating military career.
Martin Vander Weyer is a columnist for “The Spectator”, a regular contributor to “the Telegraph” and the distinguished author of a number of books on Economics & Politics.
“A ROLLER COASTER OF INTRIGUE & DARING. LIKE A BOND FILM!”
Monday 8th October 2018, at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A2TA at 1830 for 1900. THIS TALK IS CO-SPONSORED BY UCL SSEES.
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 the debates within the party on this question before and during the revolution and the Civil War. It will concentrate on the ideas of Lenin and those of the so-called Left Bolsheviks, chiefly Bogdanov, Lunacharsky and Kollantai, and will examine the differences between them over what socialism entailed and the methods to be used for achieving it. AN ILLUSTRATED LECTURE.
Beryl Williams is Emeritus Reader in History at the University of Sussex. Her publications include “The Russian Revolution” (1987) and “Lenin” (Longman’s Profiles in Power,2000) and various articles on Russian and Soviet history. She is currently working on a book on Late Tsarist Russia.
“A MAMMOTH BUT FLAWED 20TH CENTURY EXPERIMENT”
Tuesday 30th October 2018 at The Open Russia Club, 67 Wimpole St London W1G 8AP 6.30 for 7. ***** A MAJOR FIVE STAR EVENT *****
“IS THE NORWEGIAN OPTION NOW THE UK’S BEST BET?”. MR. JEREMY WARNER. (Daily Telegraph)
The UK ‘s negotiations with the European Union are going nowhere! The prospect of the UK falling out of the EU without any deal raises many fears for smooth transport by road or air in the near future, for imports and exports, and above all for employment. The City of London & Finance are being sold down the river in the Government’s negotiations. Referendums on complex problems, especially on membership of the EU, are a bad idea in a Parliamentary Democracy.
Jeremy Warner, assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph, is one of Britain’s leading business and economics commentators. A serial winner of awards, he has also been honoured for an “outstanding contribution in defence of the freedom of the media” by the Society of Editors for his refusal to reveal sources to Government inspectors. In a short preliminary address Jeremy Warner will outline the extent and limit of the arrangements that Norway enjoys with the EU. Norway is in the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), but not in the EU. Norway is NOT a vassal state. He will then answer your questions.
A CHANCE FOR MEMBERS AND GUESTS TO ASK QUESTIONS ON THIS MOST URGENT PROBLEM! BOOK EARLY. WE EXPECT A HUGE DEMAND FOR SEATS!
Wednesday 7th November, Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA 6.30 for 7pm. “THOMAS, LUCY & ALATAU: THE ATKINSONS’ AMAZING ADVENTURES IN SIBERIA & KAZAKHSTAN”. MR. JOHN MASSEY-STEWART
(AN ILLUSTRATED TALK)
Thomas William Atkinson (1799-1861), was an architect, artist, traveller extraordinaire, author – and bigamist. Famous in his lifetime as ‘the Siberian traveller’, but now unjustly forgotten, he spent nearly 7 years travelling nearly 40,000 miles through the Urals, Kazakhstan and Siberia with special authorisation from the Tsar, producing 560 watercolour sketches of the often dramatic scenery and exotic peoples. This is also the story of Lucy, his spirited and intrepid wife and their son Alatau. Tamchiboulac, called after their favourite places and born in a remote Cossack fort. They both shared his many adventures and extremes of heat & cold, travelling with him on horseback up and down precipices and across dangerous rivers, escaping a murder plot atop a great cliff and befriending the famous Decembrist exiles. This lecture will be extensively illustrated by many of Atkinson’s beautiful watercolours etc.
John Massey Stewart has just written the first full biography of Atkinson -“Thomas, Lucy and Alatau; The Atkinsons’ Adventures in Siberia and Kazakhstan”, just published by Unicorn, and has spent many years researching the story. As writer, lecturer, professional photographer and environmental activist, he has travelled extensively in the USSR/Russia many times since 1960, embracing inter alia the Caucasus, Ob estuary and Vladivostok. He has lectured and given academic papers on different aspects of past and present Russia i n the UK, USA, France, Israel, Canada & Siberia, which he has visited 11 times. He co-founded with the Conservation Foundation the London Initiative on the Russian Environment and has been a Specialist Adviser to a House of Commons environmental enquiry and a delegate to the NATO Advanced Workshop on ecotourism at Siberia’s Lake Baikal.
A TRAVELOGUE – UNIQUE & UNMISSABLE!
“Thomas, Lucy & Alatau” (list price £25.00) will be sale to members for just £15.00. Over 80 pictures. Please bring the exact cash. We have no facility to accept any card payments.
Thursday 22nd November, at The Open Russia Club, 67 Wimpole St WIG 8AP, at 6.30 for 7.00 pm. “ESTONIA & RUSSIA: 100 YEARS OF POOR RELATIONS”
MR. NEIL TAYLOR
Estonian forces fought Soviet ones between 1918 and 1920 to establish the country’s independence. An uneasy peace lasted for the next 19 years before Soviet forces occupied bases in 1939 as a prelude to full occupation in 1940. The German 3 year occupation was seen as a liberation by many Estonians who fought bitterly in 1944 to prevent a Soviet return. At no time from then on until 1991` were the Soviet authorities seen as anything but unwelcome masters. Estonia’s NATO membership, its citizen requirements and the Bronze Soldier episode are amongst many issues which ensured the continuation of poor relations once independence was re-established.
Neil Taylor studied Chinese and East European history at Cambridge before beginning a career in the travel business, which took him regularly to China in the 1980s and to Estonia since 1992.. He now divides his time between Tallinn and London. He has written the Bradt Guide to Estonia, now in its 7th edition, and “Estonia, a Modern History” published by Hurst in July 2018. The latter is the first history of Estonia written in Britain since 1947
“A LEADING EXPERT’S INSIGHT INTO SOVIET/RUSSIAN RELATIONS WITH THE BALTIC STATES!”
“Estonia, A Modern History (published July 2018 list price £15) will be on sale to members for just £10.00). Please bring the exact cash. We have no facility o take Debit or Credit Cards.
Monday 10 December 2018, at the Open Russia Club, 67 Wimpole Street W1G 8AP, at 6.30 for 7.00 pm. “THIS THORNY THRONE: RUSSIA, ROYALTY AND THE ROMANOVS”
AN ILLUSTRATED PRESENTATION by Stephen Patterson
Royal Collection Trust is staging the exhibition Russia: Royalty & the Romanov at The Queen’s
Gallery, Buckingham Palace from 9 November 2018 – 28 April 2019. This exhibition, the first on the subject drawn solely from the Royal Collection, is devoted to Russia and the interaction of the British and Russian Royal families. It will feature a wide range of works; paintings, furniture, porcelain, photographs, jewellery and Faberge, all closely associated with Russia and its ruling family over nearly 300 years. Stephen Patterson, co-curator of the exhibition, will provide an overview of the exhibition and, drawing on works many of which are being shown in public for the first time, will focus on one particular aspect of research; hoe Queen Victoria, whose reign saw 4 Russian Emperors, learnt about Russia, through meetings with the Romanov dynasty, her family, ambassadors and friends. Especial emphasis will be given to the 1856 coronation of Alexander II and the marriages of the Queen’s second son, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, to the emperor’s s daughter in January 1874, and her granddaughter, Princess Alix of Hesse, to Emperor Nicholas II in 1894.
Stephen Patterson has worked for the Royal Household for over 30 years, and with his team is
responsible for the documentation of all the works in the Royal Collection. He and co-curator Caroline de Guitaut have been researching works in the Royal Collection and Royal Archives associated with Russia for the past 5 years in preparation for the forthcoming exhibition. He has written and spoken on Orders and Decorations in Britain and Europe.
FASCINATING MEMENTOS FROM A VANISHED ERA!
Wednesday 19th December, at Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square London WC1A2TA 6.30 for 7pm. “COLLUSION: SECRET METINGS, DIRTY MONEY & HOW RUSSIA HELPED DONALD TRUMP WIN”. MR. LUKE HARDING (The Guardian newspaper)
This book (list price ) was published simultaneously in 10 countries. On sale tonight to MEMBERS present at £TBC
“Collusion” is a gripping alarming expose about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Moscow. Drawing on exclusive new material, Harding tells the story of former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and his dossier. “Collusion” is an astonishing tale of offshore money, sketchy real estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Russian espionage. It included the latest indictments by Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating a scandal now engulfing the Trump administration.
Luke Harding is a journalist, writer and award-winning Senior International Correspondent with the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief. In February 2011 the Kremlin deported him from the country in the first case of its kind since the Cold War.
“EARLY BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. A TRULY SENSATIONAL CLIMAX TO THE SESSION!
Saturday 12 January 2019, The Civil Service Club, 13-15 Gt. Scotland Yard, SW1A 2HJ at 6.30pm. THE GREAT BRITAIN-RUSSIA SOCIETY’S TRADITIONAL ATMOSPHERIC RUSSIAN OLD YEAR – NEW YEAR PARTY
Welcome drink, 3 course a la carte dinner, musical entertainment with Russian songs from
The 5 strong group “Russian Souvenir” in national costume. We welcome members, group parties, & the guests of members.
NOW JUST £26 per person including half a bottle of house wine (or mineral water or soft drinks)
THE SOCIETY’S MAJOR SOCIAL EVENT OF THE YEAR WITH AN UNFORGETTABLE RUSSIAN ATMOSPHERE. LIMITED SEATING. SO BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACES!
PAYMENT FOR THIS EVENT BY CHEQUE PLEASE TO THE GREAT BRITAIN-RUSSIA SOCIETY OR ON THE INTERNET THROUGH OUR WEBSITE.
Post your cheques NOW to: The Hon. Membership Secretary Mrs. Ute Lynch
43 Kenilworth Court, Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1EN
The Society is most grateful to Mr. Tony Wolstenholme who has recommended both Mr. Neil Taylor and Mr. Stephen Patterson as expert Guest Speakers.