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17 June 2014

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SRF News

Likhachev Fellowship
This bulletin is a bit late because I spent 2 weeks in St Petersburg on the Likhachev Foundation Fellowship programme - and since then have been busy on the projects I started there.  I am extremely grateful to the Foundation - an efficient, generous, intelligent organisation and not at all bureaucratic. Foundation website and Fellowship details.
My main projects were:
- to work with the Pushkin Museum on materials for children.  We will launch a Russian cultural website for UK primary children this year - starting with pages on Pushkin and going on to a number of other topics.  If you would like to contribute information OR design skills OR advice on topics likely to interest schools/pupils please get in touch!
- to organise performances of St P. based Upsala Circus in Scotland.  The first thing I need is to find cheap (free?) accomodation for 2 weeks for approx 10 children and 5 adults next summer.  Suggestions please!  Ideas on performance venues, offers of organisational help also gratefully received.

St Petersburg International Economic Forum
While in St Petersburg I was lucky enough to be granted a press pass to SPIEF (on the basis of my acting editorship of the Scotland Russia Review - wow!) so that I could attend the roundtable on UK-Russian cultural and economic relations (details + audio here).  I spoke briefly to Mr Shvydkoy afterwards about the need for properly funded Russian culture centres in the UK, and also met a number of other interesting people incl. Lord Mandelson.

Scotland Russia Review
The summer issue is on the way - slowly, owing to a novice temporary editor (me).  More information to follow.

What's On

Listing regularly updated on

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland
18 June: Help Children of Ukraine. Concert. Edinburgh
18-29 June: Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh
4 July: Oleg Timofeev - Guitar Concert. Edinburgh
4-20 July: Yulia Kovanova - Love You To Death. Exhibition. Edinburgh
1-25 August: Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Edinburgh
8-31 August: Edinburgh International Festival. Edinburgh
9-25 August: Edinburgh International Book Festival. Edinburgh
10-12 August: Edinburgh International Culture Summit, Edinburgh
21-25 October: The Three Sisters by John Byrne. Edinburgh. Theatre
30 October: Russian Gardens. SRF talk at the Botanics. Edinburgh.  Details soon!
26 November - 6 December: Arctic Convoys of World War Two. Exhibition. Castle Douglas

Events outside Scotland
various dates: SCRSS programme 2014. London
27 May-19 July: Paper Museums: Moscow Conceptualism in Transit. Exhibition. Southampton.
19-21 June: Opus No.7, Dmitry Krymov Lab. Newcastle
23-27 June: Translate in the City - the only Literary Translation Summer School in the UK. London
24-28 June:  New plays about Russia at Theatre 503London. Sputnik Theatre/ Theatre 503.
10 July: Making Russia Easy – Business Workshop, London.  Albion Overseas
28 July-16 August: Mariinsky Ballet at the Royal Opera House. London
13-20 Sept: XIII MAPRYAL Congress. "Русский язык и литература в пространстве мировой культуры", Grenada, Spain. Details.
18 September-18 January 2015: Jack of Diamonds – Special display of Russian avant-garde art at The Courtauld Gallery. London
27 September: Sambo President's Cup. London
12-15 November: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), Dmitry Krymov Lab. Barbican, London
18 Nov - 8 Feb 2015: A Russian Fairy Tale: The Art and Craft of Elena Polenova. Guildford
21-29 November: Russian Art Week. London


Edinburgh Festivals
Programmes for all the summer festivals are now out: Film Festival (next week!) and International, Fringe and Book Festivals (August).  I have tried to list all events from or about Russia and her neighbours on Please let me know about anything I've missed out!  Too many highlights to list here - you'll just have to look at the webpage.

Russian language classes in Kinross
Classes run from mid-September in ten week blocks. Tues and Thurs 7-9 at Kinross Learning Centre, Swansacre, Kinross, KY13 8TE . Learners of any level welcome​. Email Mhairi Young or phone her on 01337 828338 or 07794 707774 for a chat to discuss your needs.

Other Russian classes in Scotland
If you are running a publicly available Russian class of any sort (adult FE, children's class/club, private tuition etc) please let us know and we will include details on  Details of SRF classes in September will be online there too - but don't hesitate to contact us in the meantime if you need advice.

Business news from Albion Overseas
SRF member Albion Overseas is opening an office in Scotland!  They write: “In light of increasing interest in Russia, Albion is delighted to announce that it has opened an office in Scotland to service this demand. Our client’s tell us the advantages of working with Albion are simple:  we provide a low cost solution to exporting to Russia, as well as practical advice and assistance on GOST-R certification, understanding how to do business with Russia and most importantly, swift results in terms of finding customers and getting your goods in to Russia.  
To arrange a meeting or have a chat, please contact or call Lorraine Montgomery in our Alloa office on 01259 272026”.
Albion's next Making Russia Easy Workshop will be in London on 10 July.  Details.

Trafika Europe
A new neighbour for the SRF at Summerhall is TRAFIKA EUROPE - a very interesting venture promoting new literature from all over Europe (including Russia) in English translation. They plan an online journal and Europe's (the world's?) first literary radio station.
Launch events at Summerhall in August. Campaign video and appeal on More information: Andrew Singer, tel. +44 783 66 77 6 33,

Congratulations to winners of the annual Russian Essay Competition
This is the 7th of these excellent annual competitions - for schoolchildren and adults, learners and "heritage" pupils. Very interesting and varied topics this year!  Full details on
Sadly there were no Scottish winners in the schools section - did the supplementary schools not enter this year? - but a fair number in the "Universities and Adult Category", so congratulations to them:
Level 1 (Facebook profile of a famous Russian sportsman...). 2nd Emily Cook (University of St Andrews)
Level 3 (Hitchhiking from Moscow to Vladivostok)
2nd Vitalija Lavreckyte (University of St Andrews), Heidi Gordon (Russian Language School Raduga, Edinburgh)
3rd Emma Gloag (Russian Language School Raduga, Edinburgh)
Special prize Alex Robertson (Russian Language School Raduga, Edinburgh)
Level 4 (Interview with a Russian poet)
Special prize James Carter (University of St Andrews) 

Jobs and internships in London
1) Internship opportunity at Russian Art and Culture
. Russian Art and Culture are currently accepting applications for an internship with us for the summer period. We are looking for motivated and resourceful students or recent graduates looking to gain experience in the world of art and online publishing. Deadline 20th June.
2) Part-time post at BEARR. The BEARR Trust is seeking a new Information and Administration Officer.  The post is part-time, and the office is in Central London. Details are available on the BEARR website at  The deadline for applications is 1 July.  BEARR June newsletter here.
3)  Businessman's PA. Russian speaking PA for Russian businessman in London. Start asap. This is a full-time permanent/long term position.  A good opportunity for Russian speakers / recent graduates?  Contact Archie Kelly
4) Advertising. An advertising/branding company in London is looking for a Russian speaker for a junior part-time role (15 hours a week) based in the London office.  The work is in the insight and innovation field with international brands (Kimberley Clark and Samsung) wanting to work more closely with their Russian consumers.  It might suit a bright Russian undergraduate/postgraduate looking for some work alongside their studies.  Contact Simon Bucknall

Charity News
1) Ecologia. Scottish charity working with disadvantaged children in Russia.  Download their Summer Bulletin here.
2) DniproKids. Scottish charity helping orphan children in Dnipropetrovsk. Latest news:June 2014

Borodino update
Our last bulletin gave news that Gerry West is updating his model of the Battle of Borodino - but unfortunately with the wrong website address.  You can follow his progress on - or on Twitter @1812toWaterloo.
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