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11 January 2017
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SRF events in the pipeline - dates for your diary Not just an AGM
All members and others interested in the SRF are warmly invited to our AGM next week (19 Jan).  The agenda is online and minutes of the last AGM will be available at the meeting - but can be emailed to anyone interested to read them before that (contact
We are delighted that the photographer Simon Crofts, an SRF member with a studio near us in Summerhall, has agreed to give a short presentation on his recent book of photographs of Ukraine, Expectations, after the business of the AGM.  Worth coming for that alone! 
Another inducement - there will be light refreshments for all and a chance to chat to members and the committee at the end of the meeting.
7-9pm, Summerhall Cafe, Summerhall main building, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

"Cold Seas and Warm Friendships"
We are joining with the National Library of Scotland to hear our VP Dairmid Gunn talk about the wartime Arctic Convoys, and in particular about his recent interviews with veterans and the book published as a result by the Russian Consulate, with photographs by Ken Reynolds.   Copies of the book were presented to veterans and we hope some will be available for people to look at (and maybe purchase) after the talk.
Book with NLS Events (tel. 0131 623 3734) as soon as they start advertising - any day now we are told.  The event is free and demand is expected to be high.  All welcome.
Mon 13 Feb, 2-3 pm National Library of Scotland 

Paintings from Soviet Russia
Among all the exciting exhibitions in London inspired by the 1917 anniversary (Royal Academy, British Library and Tate Gallery - see What's On below) our London readers should not miss the excellent exhibition at the Highgate Gallery in early February curated by SRF member John Barkes, whose two exhibitions at the former Scotland-Russia Institute many in Edinburgh will remember.  
On 5 Feb there will be a Gallery talk - Dr Elizaveta Butakova  from the Courtauld Institute of Art will be giving a lecture on the Russian post war avant-garde and John Barkes will be describing his work with members of the Artists’ Union of St Petersburg.
Paintings from Soviet Russia 1950-1980. 3-16 Feb, Highgate Gallery, London

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 
tbc: Revolution. New Art for a New World.  Film. Scottish venue(s) not yet announced
19 January: Scotland-Russia Forum AGM. Edinburgh. SRF event
20 January: Russia and EU Energy Security. Edinburgh
22 January: St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Edinburgh
25 January: Tatiana Tolstaya at the UofG. Glasgow
2 February: Чай н Чат (Chai n Chat). Edinburgh. SRF event
13 February: Dairmid Gunn - Cold Seas and Warm Friendships : Commemorating Veterans of the Arctic Convoys. Edinburgh.  SRF event
15 February: From Famine to Five-Year Plan: observations of British women visitors to Russia in the 1920s (Edinburgh)
17 February: The 2016 Russian Election and the Aftermath. Edinburgh
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
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:
Arbuzz, Dash Arts, GB-Russia Society lectures, Open Russia Club, Pryamaya Rech, Pushkin House, RBCC business networking events (London and Russia), Stonehill House Russian Days (Abingdon), Ukrainian events in London
Other events are listed by Russian Art and Culture.
3-16 Feb: Paintings from Soviet Russia 1950-1980. Highgate Gallery, London
11 Feb-17 April:  Revolution: Russian Art 1917-32. Royal Academy, London
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
19 May: Postgraduate Symposium on the Writing and Screening of Violence in Russian Culture.  Call for Papers. Oxford University
10 Oct-4 Feb 2018Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Tate Modern, London
8 Nov-18 Feb 2018Red Star Over Russia. Tate Modern, London


Old New Year Ball in Edinburgh 14 Jan
The organisers tell us that there are still a few spaces - so get in touch now if you'd like to go to the Ball.
Russian Old New Year Ball 2017 at  Waldorf Astoria - The Caledonian, Princess Street, Edinburgh.  Welcome glass of sparkling wine on arrival, 3-course dinner, New Year Entertainment (in Russian) and DJ disco.
Saturday, 14th January 2017 at 18:00 
Price £55.00 per person. 
Enquiries and bookings: Tel. 0131 667 2303 / email 

Language Show Live in Glasgow
You can now register to attend the Language Show - SECC Glasgow 10-11 March.  It's free - and allows you to visit all the stands and attend free language tasters (incl Russian).  It also allows you to sign up for an intensive Russian language class for beginners taught by the SRF's own Natalia Samoilova.  A fantastic opportunity for those who can't wait till September to start our classes - and for anyone reading this who doesn't yet speak Russian.

Loch Ewe WWII Festival in May
Early notification from the Russian Arctic Convoy Project of their plans for May - if you are visiting Loch Ewe 6-7 May don't be startled if you come across a fully functional T34 Soviet tank and a whole lot of Soviet soldiers (from a reenactment group). 
Lots more planned:

Crowdfunding request for film of Gogol's "Overcoat"
The producer writes: 
"I am writing concerning our short film adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s seminal short story THE OVERCOAT, starring BAFTA winner Jason Watkins.  Inspired and adapted from Gogol’s original, our film is in English and transposes the action to a late 20th century England that displays many of the societal similarities with Gogol’s Russia. The film has been shot with a fully professional cast and crew and is now in post production, with the hope of achieving a film festival run and worldwide online distribution.
We were wondering whether your mailing list might be interested in the film, and in helping us achieve our crowdfunding goal in order to complete and distribute the film? Below are two links, one to the Kickstarter page, which includes full details of the film, synopsis, cast and crew along with production stills and details of the fundraising campaign."
Links: and the project's Facebook page. 
I'll let you know if the film is screened in Scotland when it is finished.

SCRSS Russian Language Seminar - reminder
Booking for the SCRSS Russian Language Seminar opened in December. This is a reminder that the deadline for the discounted 'early bird' booking rate is Friday 10 February. A quarter of the available places have already been reserved, so we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.
Event: 9th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar 
Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 April 2017, 10.00 - 16.20 daily 
Venue: SCRSS, 320 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6AB
Full details on the SCRSS website at
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