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18 February 2016
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The Language Show is only 3 weeks away!  First time in Scotland!
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March, SECC Glasgow 10am-6pm.
You can book your FREE visitors' ticket and find out more about the exhibition on
The SRF is running stand 524 "Try Russian".  We'll try to persuade people to give Russian a try, tell them why they should, give them a taste of the language and let them know what classes are available.  We are offering a Russian taster and are delighted that the choir of the Russian church school in Glasgow will be there on the Friday to give a short recital.  Students from the universities of Glasgow, St Andrews and Edinburgh will be there to talk to any interested sixth formers about Russian courses at their instititution, teachers from the Haven school will talk about what supplementary schools can offer children from Russian and non-Russian speaking families, and David Cant of Albion (Overseas) Ltd and translator Fiona Paterson will be available to answer questions about careers in business and translation.  
It'll be a busy two days - and we hope lots of you will come and visit us.   And tell your friends and family. (In case they need more persuasion you could mention that we'll have food samples and other small giveaways too).
Language Show -
Russian events programme - download pdf.

Our children's website has been smartened up
We've moved to a new platform - and hope you'll have another look at it, especially if you have children who might be inspired to "find out more about Russia". One of our members wrote in recently to say "My children loved learning the alphabet with the owl  - well done putting this together. Keep up the good work – two children inspired (at last!)"
The fantastic content (thanks again to all our contributors) is unchanged but the layout has changed a bit and there are now more pictures, all from schoolchildren.  On the opening page we have a slideshow of impressions of Russia by 11 year olds from West Lothian.  And on  Folk Tales / Baba Yaga and the Firebird you will find some of the entries to the competition we organised last summer.
We have also improved some of the audio and video links (eg Useful Words) - though this is a work in progress.  Please let me know if you spot a missing link! 

3 March: Чай н Чат - the SRF tea club
Chai n Chat continues to meet on the first Thursday of every month in the Summerhall Cafe, starting at 11am and often finishing (reluctantly) 2 hours or more later.  They are a friendly group, chat in Russian and English depending on who's there - and are always delighted to see new people.  Contact (tel 0131 560 1486) if you'd like to know more.

Scotland Russia Review, spring 2016
The new issue of our magazine was published in January - many thanks to our editor and all contributors.  If any member (or contributor / advertiser) has not received a copy please let us know: The online version can be downloaded from the Publications page of our website.  As always we'd be interested in any views - what do you like, what don't you like, what do you think of the format (colour, 16 pages etc) and how important is that, etc.  Offers of contributions to future issues also welcome.  

What's On

A listing of events from or about Russia and her neighbours.
Please don't forget to check  (and our Facebook page) in between these bulletins for changes - the listings are updated all the time.

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland 
18 February: Voices of Apocalypse: Russian Military News and the Horizons of Future War. Edinburgh
23 February: Student Performance of Anton Chekhov’s The Marriage Proposal.Edinburgh
24 February: Re-enacting “Cossack roots”: Embodiment of memory, history and tradition among young people in southern Russia. Glasgow
25 February: Political consumerism in Russia after 2011. Edinburgh
29 February: An evening with the poet Dmitry Vodennikov. Edinburgh
29 FebruaryDr Vlad Strukov. ‘Russian spectacle of patriotism: What will we see if we turn off the TV?’ . St Andrews
2 March: Black People in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: Evening with TV Journalist Yelena Khanga. Edinburgh
3 March: Чай н Чат SRF event. Edinburgh
4 March: ‘Things Fall Apart’ Exhibition: Presentation by Curator Mark Nash.Edinburgh
16 March: Dovzhenko's "Earth". Bo'ness
11 AprilDina Iordanova. ‘Breaking Through Walls and Discourses: History for Losers’. St Andrews 
Events outside Scotland
Various dates: Pushkin House events. London
Various dates: Ukrainian events in London
Various dates: GB-Russia Society lectures. London 
Various dates: RBCC business networking events. London and Russia
Various dates: London organisations organising lectures in Russian: Arbuzz,Open Russia Club and Pryamaya Rech. London
Various dates: Dash Arts. London
18 September 2015 - 13 March: Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. A major exhibition at the Science Museum, London
24 February: Dmitry Kuzmin - "100 years of Russian LGBT poetry". Oxford
6 March: "Ave Maya" - Ballet Gala in memory of Maya Plisetskaya. London
6-13 March: Maslenitsa Festival. London
19 February - 12 March: Russian Evolution 2016. An exhibition of contemporary Russian art. Cheltenham  
16-17 April: 8th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar. London
11-15 July: Translate in the City: Literary Translation in Practice. London


Student performance of Chekhov in Russian
The Russian Section (DELC, The University of Edinburgh) and Princess Dashkova Russian Centre are pleased to invite you to a student performance of Anton Chekhov’s The Marriage Proposal (in Russian).  All welcome.
6pm, Tues 23 February, Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, 14 Buccleuch Place, The University of Edinburgh, EH8 9LN

Russian teacher near Castle Douglas?
One of our members lives near Castle Douglas and is looking for a tutor.  If you can help please email

And two requests for Russian conversation in the Borders

Are there any Russian speakers near Kelso who would help revive the rusty Russian (Cambridge Uni degree 1995-99) of one of our correspondents?  Harriet Campbell


Hi there, I am based in the Berwickshire side of the Scottish Borders and would be interested in meeting fellow Russian language enthusiasts. My skills may be even more rusty than your correspondent (Glasgow 1987). Feel free to pass on my details

Dovzhenko's Earth at the Hippodrome Festival in Bo'ness
Wed 16 March.  Details on or call 01324 506850

More Ukrainian films - in Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Ukrainian Club have started a monthly film evening - from 5pm on the first Saturday of the month.  This is their poster.  You can find out more from the club, email

Emilia (Emmie) Voznesensky (b. Tsarskoe Selo 12 Feb 1928, d. Edinburgh 27 Dec 2015) 
Those of you who knew Emmie Voznesensky, knew of her, or are interested in the stories of Russian emigration might like to read the short biographical note in her obituary here.  

Useful list of online Russian language material
SRAS has just published a very useful list of online materials incl. dictionaries, courses, and audiovisual resources:
Two omissions, both of which we will be able to demonstrate at the Language Show, are:
- the new Pushkin Institute language course PushkinOnline
- the Ruslan e-book from Ruslan Ltd  (lesson 1 is free online)

Teach in Kyrgyzstan
Message from Volunteers in Kyrgyzstan:
We have taught disadvantaged young people and teachers in Kyrgyzstan for more than ten years.  Come and join us ! Live with a Kyrgyz family and teach in pairs for a month as a volunteer: July13- Aug 12, 2016. Visit

New director of Pushkin House
As the excellent Ursula Woolley prepares to stand down shortly her successor has been selected - Clementine Cecil.
Some of you might remember that about 10 years ago we invited Clem to Edinburgh to speak about her work in Moscow on architectural preservation and we are delighted to congratulate her on her new appointment.  We wish Ursula well in her future activities.
Excerpt from the Pushkin House announcement on 28 Jan:
Clementine Cecil has been appointed the new executive director of Pushkin House, London’s leading independent centre for Russian culture.
She succeeds Ursula Woolley, who has led the growth of the House for more than three years, expanding the programme of events, building partnerships with leading cultural institutions, enhancing its reputation and increasing audiences.
 Clem is a Russian-speaking specialist in language, 
literature and architectural preservation, with many years’ experience working in, and with, Russia, initially as correspondent for The Times, then as co-founder of the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society.  She has co-edited four books on Moscow, St Petersburg and Samara.  For the past four years she has been director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage and SAVE Europe’s Heritage.

Yakety Yak
We inadvertently omitted this advertisement for Yakety Yak, the Edinburgh multilingual conversationalists, from the recent issue of the Scotland Russia Review and are delighted to insert it here instead, with apologies.  
Link to larger version.

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