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12 March 2014

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Struggling to make sense of events in the Ukraine we have started to compile a short list of interesting articles etc - and would welcome suggestions of other sources of information which readers find useful.
Edinburgh University is holding a Roundtable discussion of events in Ukraine on 14 February - see listings below.

Likhachev Fellowship
The SRF's Jenny Carr has been awarded a Likhachev Fellowship - and will travel to St Petersburg in May to work with the Pushkin Museum and Upsala Circus on some very interesting projects, all aimed at raising interest in Russia among Scottish school pupils.  A wonderful opportunity!

UK-Russia Year of Culture - exhibitions in Scotland
We are delighted to be working with the Moscow Library of International Literature and Moffat Book Events as well as the Dashkova Centre and Summerhall on two exhibitions to be shown around Scotland this year.  The first will open at the Dashkova Centre on 2 May: pictures of Lermontov and his work in honour of the 200th anniversary of the poet's birth.  The second, an exhibition of craft from the Vladimir/Suzdal area, will be shown at Summerhall later in the year - details to follow.

What's On

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland
29 May 2013-13 March 2014: Arctic Convoys.  Edinburgh Castle, exhibition
14 March: Roundtable on the Ukrainian Crisis. Edinburgh
17 March:  Dashkova Centre Film - Cherry Town (Cheremushki). Edinburgh
19 March: The crisis in Syria and Ukraine. Edinburgh
20 February: Alexander Sherstobitov: The role of social networks in political mobilization and protests in Russia. Edinburgh
22 March: From Russia with Love.  Study days at the RCS. Glasgow.
27 March: Guns in Post-Soviet Georgia. Glasgow
5-7 April: science events from the All-Russia Science Festival. Edinburgh Science Festival 
11 April: Translating Russian 20C Poetry. Challenges, Rewards and Discoveries. Edinburgh
26 April-6 June: Uncle Varick by John Byrne. Scottish tour. Theatre
2-9 May: Thinking about Lermontov.  An exhibition by artist Ludmila Grigorieva-Semyatitskaya. Edinburgh.
21-25 October: The Three Sisters by John Byrne. Edinburgh. Theatre

Events outside Scotland
22 April-17 May 2014: Belka Productions "A Dashing Fellow" (based on Nabokov stories). London.
24 April-3 May: 'Uncle Vanya' and 'Three Sisters', Mossovet Theatre dir. Andrei Konchalovsky. London.
26-27 April: 7th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar.
various dates: SCRSS programme 2014. London
Scottish events in Russia for the Year of Culture
May 15-18: Dunsinane. National Theatre of Scotland / RSC. Moscow
June 4-15: Scottish Ballet. Moscow


Lectureship in Russian, University of St Andrews
Deadline 21 March 2014
"... You will be expected to hold a PhD, and should possess native or near-native language skills in Russian and English. Applications are invited from candidates with a specialist interest in any area of Russian literature and culture."

Russian conversation
The SRF monthly conversation group Чай н Чат meets again at 11am on Thursday 3 April in the Summerhall Cafe.  No need to book - just turn up and you will receive a warm welcome.  Conversation is in Russian or English depending on the whim of participants - who are a mixture of non-Russianists interested in Russia, beginners and native speakers.
There is also a weekly conversation group run by Yakety Yak which meets at Hendersons Cafe on Thursdays 6-7pm and is led by a native speaker.  Details and prices:

An Accidental Relationship: Stories of the British in Tsarist Russia
A new book by Roderick Heather on the history of Britons (incl. many Scots) in Russia. Published by Austin Macaulay and available in paperback for £12.99 or as an e-book from Amazon for £3.

Teach English in Kachkanar
Once in a lifetime opportunity to teach English in rural Russia.  Andrei Putilov, an English teacher in Kachkanar - a small town in the Urals - is looking for a teaching assistant at his school and possibly others in the area.  They can offer board and lodging but no pay or airfare.  One of our retired members spent 3 months in Kachkanar - and then returned to do it again.  Enquiries to Andrei -

Chechen interpreters wanted
Global Languages are looking for fluent Chechen and English speakers for occasional work in Scotland.  Contact

Scottish social and other events in Moscow
A Scots teacher living near Moscow would love to hear from other expats - please contact in the first instance.

Business with Russia
BSR have a new website:

How to fund a film about Nabokov?
We have been asked for ideas on funding and distribution of a film about the scientific work of Vladimir Nabokov. More information:
Once this film is completed it will be made available to anyone for free at an online cinema:
Please contact the director, Michael House, with support / suggestions:

Masha and the Bear
Fans of Masha (mainly under 5, or mentally under 5 like me) will be delighted to learn that Odeon cinemas are currently showing a short "Masha and the Bear" film in English before all childrens films. You can find lots of other episodes on YouTube of course.
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