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16 February 2017
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Tam Dalyell
We were sad to hear of the death on 26 January of Tam Dalyell, our first Hon. President.  Dairmid Gunn has written a short obituary in our recent magazine.

SRF magazine - winter 2017 issue now out
Varied contents - something for everyone we hope - incl. articles on the impact of 1917 on Scotland, Christine de Luca's Shetlandic translation of Russian poems, a member's travels in the Altay and Soviet maps of Scotland.  Plus book reviews, SRF news and a recipe.  Many thanks to all contributors.  We hope to have a new editor for the next issue, in the summer.
Front cover: 1917 and Scotland (Lenin 1917, Glasgow 1919, John Maclean).  The magazine can be downloaded from

LOTS of SRF events in the next few weeks ....

Thurs 23 Feb: Oppositional politics in Russia.  An insider’s view. 

Maxim Katz is a member of Yabloko, a recent member of Moscow City Council and was a member of Dmitri Gudkov's election team for the 2016 election.   He is currently studying at Glasgow University. Jointly organised by Glasgow University and SRF.
5-6.30pm, University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Building, room 916

Fri 10, Sat 11 March: We will be promoting the study of Russian at Language Show Live Scotland at the SECC Glasgow (entry free but by registration). The SRF has a stand and will also be offering a free Russian taster as well as a 2 hour intensive Russian language class for beginners.
All day from 10am, SECC, Exhibition Way, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 8YW
Free registration – 0844 581 0600

Tues 21 March: “Revolution - New Art For A New World
The Scottish preview of a new documentary film at Edinburgh Filmhouse. The director, Margy Kinmonth, will be there to introduce the film and answer questions at the end.  Jointly organised by the Edinburgh Filmhouse and SRF. 
18.05 (tbc), Edinburgh Filmhouse. Booking: Edinburgh Filmhouse,  tel. 0131 228 2688

Tues 28 March: “The current situation in Ukraine”
Lecture by Robert Brinkley, former UK ambassador in Ukraine and currently chairman of the Ukraine Forum at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs).  Jointly organised by Europa Research Group (Ed. Uni.) and SRF. 
 5pm, Room G.04, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

1st Thurs of every month: “Chai n Chat”, the SRF’s informal conversation group.  New members very welcome.
11am, Summerhall Café. NB venue may change

New Russian Writing
The latest contribution to our "New Russian Writing" page  is a review of Evg. Vodolazkin's prizewinning novel "Aviator" by Erik Vlaeminck, a PhD student at Edinburgh University

Arctic Convoys
Our VP, Dairmid Gunn, gave a talk at the NLS this week on his interviews with convoy veterans published in the Russian Consulate's book "Cold Seas and Warm Friendships".  It proved so popular, filling up so quickly that there was a long waiting list and much praised by all who did manage to attend, that the NLS are hoping to repeat it in the summer.  Watch this space!

A listing of events from or about Russia and her neighbours.
Please check in between these bulletins for changes - the listings are updated all the time.

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland 
17 February: The 2016 Russian Election and the Aftermath. Edinburgh
20 February: What the Russian Revolution achieved and why it degenerated. Edinburgh
23 February: Oppositional politics in Russia: an insider’s view. Glasgow SRF event
2 March: Чай н Чат (Chai n Chat). Edinburgh. SRF event
4 March: Burns / Shevchenko Supper and Zabava. Edinburgh
7 March: Revolutionary rumblings in the letters of Welsh migrants to the Donbass: The Hughesovka story. St Andrews
10-11 March: SRF stand at Language Show Live Scotland + Russian language class for beginners. SRF event
21 March: Revolution - New Art For A New World.  Edinburgh Filmhouse. SRF event
28 March: The current situation in Ukraine. Edinburgh. SRF event
4 April: The Long Hangover: memory and revolution in Ukraine and Russia. St Andrews
6 April: Чай н Чат (Chai n Chat). Edinburgh. SRF event
18 April: Andrei Kurkov in conversation. St Andrews
25 April: Mediating “Civil Society” in the Belarusian Press: The Colour Revolutions. St Andrews
4 May: Чай н Чат (Chai n Chat). Edinburgh. SRF event
23 May: Revolution on Display: 1917 at the British Library. St Andrews

outside Scotland
Regular events in London and nearby:
ARCC (Anglo Russian culture club), Arbuzz, CamRuSS (Cambridge), Dash Arts, GB-Russia Society lectures, Open Russia Club, Pryamaya Rech, Pushkin House, RBCC business networking events (London and Russia), SCRSSStonehill House Russian Days (Abingdon), Ukrainian events in London
Events all over the UK:
Many art and cultural events are listed by Russian Art and Culture.
20 Jan - 19 March: Elena Marttila: Art and Endurance in the Siege of Leningrad. Exhibition and programme of associated events. Cambridge
3-16 Feb: Paintings from Soviet Russia 1950-1980. Highgate Gallery, London
17-18 and 24-25 Feb: Russian Business Week 2017. LSE, London
11 Feb-17 April:  Revolution: Russian Art 1917-32. Royal Academy, London
19-26 February: Russian Week in London – Festival Maslenitsa 2017. London
24-25 February: Art Born in the Revolution: Russian Art and the State 1917-1932
Courtauld Inst. conference with guest speakers including John Bowlt, Maria Gough, Christina Kiaer, Christina Lodder and Robert Service. London
1 March-31 July: Caught in the Russian Revolution: the British Community in Petrograd, 1917-1918. Leeds Russian Archive exhibition. Leeds
April-August: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths. British Library, London
8-9 April: SCRSS Russian Language Seminar 2017 - for advanced students, teachers and professional linguists. London
3-13 May: Sovremennik Theatre in London. London
19 May: Postgraduate Symposium on the Writing and Screening of Violence in Russian Culture.  Call for Papers. Oxford University
10 Oct-4 Feb 2018: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Tate Modern, London
8 Nov-18 Feb 2018: Red Star Over Russia. Tate Modern, London


Russian cyber-warfare to be discussed on BBC programme at Leith Academy
BBC One’s The Big Questions is a moral, ethical and religious debate show. Presented by Nicky Campbell it is broadcast live every Sunday morning between 10am to 11am. It will be at Leith Academy this Sunday 19th February.
One of the questions to be debated is: Can Russian Cyber Warfare destroy The West?
If anyone would be interested in being in the studio audience please contact the casting team, making sure to leave a contact phone number:

DniproKids Spring Trip
Scottish charity DniproKids are fundraising to take 70 orphans on a two-day trip to Kharkiv, Ukraine - including a visit to the city's Jungle Aqua Park! If you'd like to make a donation towards this trip you can do so here.
News of their Christmas 2016 trip here.

Russians wanted for film to be shot in Edinburgh
Russian men and women wanted to be extras in a new feature film. Filming in Edinburgh in April 2017. Paid work. Interested? Apply here.

Moffat Russian Conference 2017
Moffat Russian Conferences have just announced the date and topic of this year's conference: 20-22 Oct 2017, 'Russian Phoenix: art and literature in the era of the 1905 and 1917 revolutions'.  More information:

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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