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21 September 2016
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SRF News

Our website relaunch is close (preview above) - I am just waiting for the technical aspects of the transfer to be sorted out in the next day or two.  When it happens please let us know what you think of the design and contents, tell me about any mistakes, typos, missing links and so on, and suggest improvements. 

Attn. teachers and linguists!  We hope to see you at the SRF stand at this year's SALT Conference on 5 November.  Many thanks to SALT (the Scottish Assn for Language Teaching) for inviting us.

SRF Russian classes
Term has just begun but some classes may still have the odd vacancy.  Details of the classes and how to contact the tutors on

Reminder: membership subscriptions were due 1 Sept
Very many thanks to all members who have already negotiated the complexities of our change of bank account and paid their subscription, and a warm welcome to the good number of new members who have joined us this year.
This reminder is for the others - please let us know if you are having problems because of the bank change.  If you don't want to renew your membership let us know about that too - so that we don't hassle you.  If you had simply forgotten about it but intend to renew please reduce the time we spend on reminders etc by sorting it out as soon as possible.  And many thanks to you all!

If you are NOT yet a member please consider supporting us.  Subscriptions are only £25/year (£10 for students, the disabled and people living >75m from Edinburgh).  Details on request or see

What's On

A listing of events from or about Russia and her neighbours.
Please don't forget to check in between these bulletins for changes - the listings are updated all the time.
If the links below don't work please go to the listings on and you will be redirected.

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland 
26 March - 31 October: On the North Russian Front. Exhibition, Skaill House,, Orkney
24 Sept: Sambo President's Cup.  Meadowbank, Edinburgh
24 September: Mazaika Cabaret Extravaganza. Lockerbie
6 October: Чай н Чат. Edinburgh
9 October: Hamlet (1961), dir Kozintsev. Dumfries
25 January 2017: 25 January: Tatiana Tolstaya at the UofG. Glasgow
Events outside Scotland
Various dates: Pushkin House events. 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
UK tour until 14 Oct: Belarus Free Theatre "Burning Doors". (to 24 Sept) London, (28-29 Sept) Dartington, (1 Oct) Falmouth, (10-12 Oct) Manchester, Portsmouth and (12 Oct) World-wide free livestream (details on how to watch coming soon)
(14 Oct) Portsmouth.  Then Italy and Australia!
3-16 February 2017: Paintings from Soviet Russia 1950-1980. More information: Highgate Gallery, London
11 Feb-17 April:  Revolution: Russian Art 1917-32. Royal Academy, London
April-Sept: Liberty and Revolution: Russia 1917 Revisited. British Library, London
10 Oct-4 Feb 2018:  Ilya and Emilia Kabakov exhibition.Tate Modern, London
8 Nov-18 Feb 2018:  Red Star Over Russia exhibition .  Tate Modern, London


Russian lessons
Scotland-Russia Forum, all levels: (new website:

Other classes in Edinburgh and elsewhere: (new website:

Tutors offering one to one are listed on  (new website:  This includes all the courses/ classes/ conversation groups / supplementary schools that we are aware of too.)

And an attendee at Chai n Chat would like to offer Russian tuition and has sent me the following notice:  "Experienced native speaking Russian teacher, available to teach individual  language lessons at the student's home (Edinburgh and Leith location) . Students must be intermediate/advanced level. Competitive rates.  Please contact Nadejda via"

SRF member looking for Russian conversation partner
(This message was included in the last bulletin but part of it went missing - so I am repeating it in full here.  Apologies)
‘Informal Russian / English conversation’ – An English-mother-tongue SRF member living in Edinburgh and with experience of travel and study in Russia and the former Soviet Union is keen to keep his Russian language skills going.  He would be interested in occasional one-to-one English / Russian conversation (probably at week-ends) with a native Russian speaker who is keen to improve their English language skills and at the same time is prepared to assist a like-minded student of Russian. 
Please contact if you would like to be put in touch.

Sputnik UK HQ opens in Scotland
Old news by now, but too late for our last bulletin (25 July) so some of you might have missed it.  Sputnik News (the amalgamation of RIA Novosti's overseas operations with Voice of Russia into the company Rossia Segodnia - no relation to RT despite the similar / same name and other similarities) launched its UK operation in Edinburgh on 10 August:
The Times (and others) reported on this, querying the choice of location as well as other Russian (Russkiy Mir) activities in Scotland under the heading "Putin wages propaganda war on UK"
Two relevant recent accessions to the SRF library are available for loan to members:…/overview/propaganda-machine and…/les-reseaux-du-kremlin-en-f…

The Shtandart
A replica of Peter the Great's ship Shtandart was due to dock in Leith 21-23 September but as I write it is still in Amsterdam.  If it arrives I'll try to post details on our Facebook page.
This unique wooden sailing ship is crewed by young people and planned to be open to visitors when it is in Edinburgh. The crew were to give tours in Russian and English.

More information: and

75th anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy
Over 250 guests including 42 veterans involved in the Arctic Convoys during WWII attended a reception on the evening of Tuesday 30th August arranged by the Consulate General of Russia, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary since the first ship left the West coast of Scotland.  SRF Vice-President Dairmid Gunn and photographer Ken Reynolds presented their book of interviews with the veterans "Cold Seas, Warm Friendships", published by the Consulate and presented to all the veterans present.  See  and this Russian TV programme featuring another of our members

Glasgow's Russian art goes to China (and was a great success) -

The Russian Choir of Edinburgh
A new term of rehearsals for starts Monday 26th September, 8pm at St John's Portobello Church.
The choir is an ensemble of dedicated amateur singers, singing Russian Orthodox Liturgical Chants and Ukrainian Carols.  Conductor : Vladimir Morozov. Rehearsals : Mondays 8.00 – 9.30 pm at St John’s Portobello Church (35 Brighton Place, EH15 1LL).  All interested singers welcome!
Contact :
More information:

Work as a nanny in Siberia for 6 months!
A live-in nanny is sought for a 4 year old Russian girl in Siberia (Krasnoyarsk).  For 6 months initially, but possibly longer.
The parents want nanny to teach their daughter to speak  English but obviously some knowledge of Russian will be essential.
Might suit a recent Russian graduate.
The nanny will be living with the family in an en suite room. Full board. Driving licence will be an advantage Plus a monthly fee, of course.

Or host a Russian family here
Great opportunity for a family!
Would you like to host a mother and 11yr old twins from Russia for 2 weeks this winter? The aim is for the children to practise their English. Your family could visit them in exchange.
Email for lots more information.

The Silk Road
A former Edinburgh student (MA Russian and Chinese) is making use of his degree on a journey along the Silk Road, passing through lots of Central Asian countries.  Follow him on or the blog: 

Misc news
Message in a bottle from Scotland arrives in Siberia 15 years later.
Sambo tournament in Edinburgh this weekend.  
Alex Salmond on RT talking about another independence referendum
Ballot stuffing in Glasgow's twin city Rostov during the election on Sunday
How can you support the Scotland-Russia Forum?
The SRF works to improve understanding of Russia and her neighbours in Scotland.  We are a voluntary organisation and an educational charity ( SC038728).

If you would like to support us please consider becoming a full member and playing a part in decisions on how best to implement our aims.

We also welcome donations and offers of help with our various activities.

Please find details on our website.
Tel. 0131 560 1486 or email to discuss.
Our mailing address is: The Scotland-Russia Forum, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Tel: +44(0)131 560 1486

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