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12 January 2015

Contents: SRF News, What's OnNotices

Happy New Year to all our readers!

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SRF News

SRF events coming up
Having not organised much ourselves recently we have now got TWO talks in the pipeline, both inspired by recent events:
Wed 28 Jan: a panel discussion on the current Russian economic crisis and its implications for Russia's neighbours and for Scotland.  Three expert speakers from the universities of Birmingham and Glasgow + the Herald's business editor will discuss and answer audience questions.  Full details here. This is a joint event with Edinburgh Univ. Business School.  Entry free but booking essential.
If any SRF members would like to join the speakers for a meal after the talk (at your own expense) please contact me -  First come first served.
Thurs 26 Feb: watch this space.  Details available soon I hope.
Чай н чат:  Our monthly tea and conversation group started again on 8 Jan.  Next dates are 5 Feb and 5 March (and monthly after that) - 11am in the Summerhall Cafe.  Everyone very welcome.  Give it a try!  NB knowledge of Russian not essential, though it is a very good opportunity to practise if you do speak Russian.  Details.

Find Out About RUSSIA
Work has proceeded apace on our new website for children (approx 9-12 year olds we think) and we've had a number of wonderful contributions from SRF members and associates.  It is not ready to be unveiled to the public yet (soon though!) but we would now appreciate help as follows:
- offers of artwork (from artistically inclined adults or children of any age) for the language page
- volunteer testers aged 8-13
- prizes (or cash for prizes?) for a launch competition
Please contact Jenny on to discuss.

What's On

Relatively few events have been notified so far - so keep an eye on for new additions to this list.

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland
23 November - 19 April 2015: The Bolshoi Ballet - live broadcasts. Edinburgh
17 January - 8 February: Doorways to the Divine. Exhibition. Edinburgh
18 January: Georgian Wine Tasting + Russian conversation. Glasgow
28 January: Panel discussion on the Russian economy. Edinburgh
5 February: Чай н Чат, Edinburgh

Events outside Scotland
18 September-18 January 2015: Jack of Diamonds – Special display of Russian avant-garde art at The Courtauld Gallery. London
4 Nov 2014-22 March 2015: The 2nd Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts. (See also Twitter). London.
2015, date tbc: Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. Science Museum, London
18-21 February: Eugene Onegin. Vakhtangov Theatre at the Barbican, London.


Fantastic opportunity to live and work in rural Russia
Teacher Andrei Putilov has written to invite volunteers to help with English lessons in his school in the Urals town of Kachkanar, and in others in the region.  You will need to pay for your own flights but accommodation and keep are offered.  A wonderful opportunity for a recent graduate or for anyone wanting to spend a few months in the “real” Russia.  This position has been filled by an SRF member in the past and she could give interested volunteers more information.  Contact the SRF in the first instance – and we will put you in touch with Andrei.
Doorways to the Divine – icon exhibition
The Edinburgh School of Icon painting invites you to the opening of their new exhibition “Doorways to the Divine” on 16 January, with music from the Edinburgh Georgian Choir and Davno.  More information - on the opening and the exhibition.
Alec Salmond on RT
The newly ex-First Minister gave two interviews to RT (Russia Today) at Christmas time:  (about Scottish independence – in Russian) and (call for referendum in England – in English)
Interview with the Dashkova Centre
The director and manager of Edinburgh University’s Dashkova Centre were interviewed by ( about their conference in December and their work. 
Англия в общем и в частности
Starting on 4 January Russian television's Первый канал is showing a series of ten programmes made by Vladimir Pozner and Ivan Urgant and bearing the general title «Англия в общем и в частности».  The programmes are being shown nightly and are then available on Vladimir Pozner's web-site:
And Scotland through the eyes of Ukrainian TV –  “Oryol I Reshka” visit Glasgow - incl the university (“a Scottish Hogwarts”), a student pub crawl and Sharmanka - and Skye.
Translation course
Booking now open for Translate in the City, the annual literary translation summer school in London.  6-10 July 2015 .
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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