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26 October 2015
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A reminder to our members and to anyone else interested in why we exist and what we get up to - we are holding our AGM next Wednesday, 28 Oct, at 7pm in Summerhall Cafe.  After we've discussed all the agenda items everyone can relax over a convivial glass of something.  Details.

Steven Spielberg’s new film Bridge of Spies and SRF member Vin Arthey
Do you remember Colonel Abel, swapped for US pilot Gary Powers in 1962?  He was actually a KGB illegal called William Fisher, born in Newcastle.  Scotland Russia Forum member Vin Arthey's book about him has just been published in a new edition with the title ABEL: The True Story of the Spy They Traded for Gary Powers.   It's the story behind the events depicted in the new Spielberg film (starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance) due for release in Scotland on November 27th.   Vin is just off to the USA for a speaking and book signing tour, but is planning events in and around Edinburgh following his return.  Watch this space.
Note: an earlier edition of the book is available for loan in the SRF library

SRF events in November
Monday 2 Nov: Recital of Silver Age poetry by Moscow actress Natalia Maeva. Details.
Thursday 19 Nov: "The Gates of Asia", a talk on early Eurasian history by by archeologist and traveller Warwick Ball. Details.

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.

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland 
17 October – 2 January 2016: Sharmanka. Merry-Go-World. Inverness
26 October: James Bond: Behind the Iron Curtain. An introduction to Soviet Mass Literature. Glasgow
28 October: Scotland-Russia Forum AGM. SRF event. Edinburgh
29 October: Pinocchio’s Adventures in Wonderland: Texts and Contexts of Soviet Children's Literature. Glasgow
29 October: A Poetry Evening with Peter France. Edinburgh
29 October: Translation Workshop: Russia. Edinburgh
2 November:Natalia Maeva Performs Favourite Silver Age Poetry. SRF event. Edinburgh
4 November: "Workers on the Ideological Front”: The Soviet Censor after Stalin. Glasgow
5 November: Чай н Чат. SRF event. Edinburgh
6 November: Prof. Mark Bessinger (Princeton University). Edinburgh
7 November: Annual coffee morning. St Nicholas Orthodox Community, Dunblane
12 November: Dr. Vadim Golubev (St Petersburg University) ‘British and Russian media language: cultural and linguistic aspects of English-Russian translation’. Edinburgh
19 November: The Gates of Asia.SRF event. Edinburgh
22 November: Russian Tunes from Lev Atlas at the Scots Fiddle Festival. Edinburgh
26 November: Prof. Diane Koenker (University of Illinois) ‘Russian Tourism under Capitalism and Socialism’. Edinburgh (prov.)
27 November: International Workshop - ‘The Global Russian: International Travel as Cultural and Linguistic Practices’. Edinburgh
28 November: An evening with journalist and public figure Sergei Parkhomenko. Edinburgh
1-12 December: The Leningrad Album - On display. Exhibition. Glasgow
2 December: Russia as an Asian Power. Edinburgh
3 December: Чай н Чат. SRF event. Edinburgh
3 December: Dr Caron Gentry ‘The Politics of the Macabre in the Reporting on Chechen Terrorism.’ . St Andrews
4 December: Russian Workshop: “Tolstoy in Different Contexts”. Edinburgh
27 January: Peter Pomerantsev (author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible) in conversation with Dr Boris Dralyuk. St Andrews
29 February: Dr Vlad Strukov. ‘Russian spectacle of patriotism: What will we see if we turn off the TV?’ . St Andrews
11 April: Dina Iordanova. ‘Breaking Through Walls and Discourses: History for Losers’. St Andrews

Events outside Scotland
Various dates: Pushkin House events. London
Various dates: Ukrainian events in London
Various dates: GB-Russia Society lectures. London
Various dates: RBCC business networking events. London and Russia
October and November: Mirroring Tarkovsky: The Russian master and his director disciples. BFI, London
from 18 September: Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. A major exhibition at the Science Museum, London
2-14 November: Belarus Free Theatre celebrate their 10th anniversary. London 
4 Nov: The Tatars of Crimea.  Film and discussion. Dash Cafe, London.
4 Nov: Robert Service in conversation with JP O' Malley: "The End of the Cold War 1985-1991". London
24 November - 3 January 2016:UK/RAINE: Emerging Artists from the Uk and Ukraine. Saatchi Gallery, London
16-17 April: 8th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar. London


"Mikhail Vasil’evich Lomonosov – Russia’s ‘Father of Geology’"
A member spotted this interesting article by Richard Buxton in the Edinburgh Geologist (Autumn 2015, issue 58, pp 23-27).  You can download the journal here.

Two Fellowship opportunities in Russia
Details of both are on
CULTURAL FELLOWSHIP (Likhachev Foundation and Yeltsin Presidential Center) - 2 weeks in St P in May 2016 for arts and culture professionals. Individual programmes organised by the very helpful LFndn and a wonderful opportunity to pursue an interest and meet fellow professionals in Russia as well as other international fellows. Deadline 1 Feb 2016. (I was a Fellow in 2014 and can thoroughly recommend this programme. Jenny Carr, SRF)
ALFA FELLOWSHIP - a high-level professional development initiative placing up to 18 American, British, and German citizens per year in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, and related areas. Deadline 1 Dec 2015

Rehearsal space for choir
The Edinburgh Russian Choir needs a new rehearsal space. If anyone can help / advise please contact Vladimir Morozov, email
See their Facebook page for more information -
Accomodation until early Jan
Can anyone rent a room to a visiting Russian academic?
A young art historian from St Petersburg is looking for accomodation in Edinburgh 12 Nov to early Jan.
Contact for more information

Russian lessons via Skype!
Iulia, Russian linguist and teacher based in St Petersburg, contacted us to offer SRF members and others free Russian lessons / conversation practice via Skype for a trial period.
Her professional experience includes translation and English language teaching.  She is keen to help the work of the SRF, and to find out more about Scotland, its people and language.  There will be a charge for lessons at some stage – but for the time being they will be free as Iulia gets to know what learners want.
Please contact the SRF ( or tel. 0131 560 1486) if you would like to find out more.
Nobel Prizewinner Svetlana Alexievich
This link will take you to a translation by Joanne Turnbull of "Landscape of Loneliness" by Svetlana Alexievich:  It was first published in "Nine of Russia's Foremost Women Writers" by Glas New Russian Writers.  The SRF plans to work closely with Glas in the future, helping it to continue to bring translations of interesting contemporary Russian writing to English language readers.  The book is available for loan in our library.
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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