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4 May 2014

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SRF News

The terrible events in Ukraine continue to overshadow everything.  Our information listings on grow daily.  Suggestions welcome - we are keen to reflect all points of view. 

Exhibitions cancelled
Unfortunately exhibitions on Lermontov and the folk art of the Vladimir-Suzdal region, organised by the the Rudomino Library in Moscow with the SRF and Moffat Book Events at venues in Edinburgh and the Borders have been cancelled recently as their Russian finance was withdrawn.

New Consul General
Mr Andrei Pritsepov has taken up the post of Consul General for the Russian Federation in Edinburgh.  Dairmid Gunn and Jenny Carr visited the consulate and welcomed him on behalf of the SRF.

What's On

Events in Scotland, outside Scotland, and in Russia
Listing regularly updated on

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland
April 23 – May 4: The Revolution of Dignity. Exhibition. Edinburgh
26 April-6 June: Uncle Varick by John Byrne. Scottish tour. Theatre
8 May: Developments in Russian Political Language. Research seminar, Edinburgh
23 May: Russia as a Value Centre: Contemporary Russian Identity and Soft Power. Conference, Edinburgh
5 June: Чай н Чат. Edinburgh
18-29 June: Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh
1-25 August: Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Edinburgh
8-31 August: Edinburgh International Festival. Edinburgh
9-25 August: Edinburgh International Book Festival. Edinburgh
21-25 October: The Three Sisters by John Byrne. Edinburgh. Theatre  

Events outside Scotland

19 April-20 May: Dm Khvorostovsky in Traviata. London
22 April-17 May 2014: Belka Productions "A Dashing Fellow" (based on Nabokov stories). London.
24 April-3 May: 'Uncle Vanya' and 'Three Sisters', Mossovet Theatre dir. Andrei Konchalovsky. London. 
various dates: SCRSS programme 2014. London
3-8 May: Opus No.7, Dmitry Krymov Lab. Brighton
4-17 May: Opus No. 7, Dmytry Krymov Lab. Norwich
7 May: The Dash Cafe and the Stephen Spender Trust present: Brodsky Night. London
11,18,25 May: Brothers Karamazov at Kings Head, London
16 May: Boris Grebenshchikov and Aquarium. London
29 May: Stop Poking the Bear: The West Needs to Engage with Putin Not Castigate Him. Debate. London
30 May-6 June: Russian Art Week. London
4-14 June: Opus No.7, Dmitry Krymov Lab. Barbican, London 
19-21 June: Opus No.7, Dmitry Krymov Lab. Newcastle 
23-27 June: Translate in the City - the only Literary Translation Summer School in the UK. London
28 July-16 August: Mariinsky Ballet at the Royal Opera House. London
27 September: Sambo President's Cup. London
12-15 November: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), Dmitry Krymov Lab. Barbican, London
21-29 November: Russian Art Week. London 

Scottish events in Russia for the Year of Culture

May 15-18: Dunsinane. National Theatre of Scotland / RSC. Moscow
June 4-15: Scottish Ballet. Moscow


Russian Speaking Volunteers Wanted in Glasgow
Due to high numbers of Russian Speakers accessing Greater Pollok Integration Network's services they are eager to recruit a computer literate Russian-speaking volunteer to support their work.  Volunteering On Tuesdays from 13.00 to 15.00 the role would include assisting people to access job opportunities online as well as helping them to design their own CVs.
If you are interested, please contact Yvonne on 0141 649 2000 or 2 hours per week

Social group for students and others in Edinburgh
A student just returned from a year in Russia writes: "Recently the idea occurred to me of searching for something like the arrangement some of the students and young folk had back in Tver, which was to meet in a cafe or pub two evenings in the week, speaking Russian the one and then English the other, so that we could all keep developing our language knowledge with people we came to know well."  If you'd like to follow this up please contact Robin Thomson

News from DniproKids
DniproKids is a small Scottish charity doing excellent work helping orphan children in Dnipropetrovsk. Their latest news bulletins: Jan 2014, April 2014. See also

Business news
- Advice updates for UK companies on the US and EU sanctions from Pinsent Masons LLP: 25.3.2014, 17.4.2014, 29.4.2014.
- News from Moscow-based business magazine bne
- Albion Overseas' next “Making Russia Easy” workshop will be held in Nottingham on 22 May.  Details here.
- Russia House and the Russian Trade Delegation hold monthly briefings / networking meetings on the last Tuesday of the month in the Heeltap Bar , White Hart Yard, Borough High Street, London SE1 1NX.  Details: / Telephone: 020 7403 9922 / URL:
- new official Russian website -
- new Scottish business venture: Scots farmer hopes to sell potato vodka to Russia. Daily Record.

Prize for Edinburgh University "Что Где Когда" group
The group has won the University Students Assn prize for "Best New Society".  Congratulations!  More information on their Facebook site.

Award for creator of the Borodino model
Many readers will remember the fascinating model of the Borodino battlefield exhibited in 2012 at the Scotland-Russian Institute and at Rossotrudnichestvo in London.  Its creator, British railway engineer Gerry West, has recently been awarded the Russian 1812 Patriotic War commemorative Cross. Congratulations!

Cultural Internship: Chekhov Foundation in London
The Anton Chekhov Foundation is looking for an intern to support the Foundation’s work raising money and awareness of Chekhov’s intellectual and architectural legacy. The Foundation is stepping up its campaign to restore the garden that Chekhov planted at the White Dacha in the Crimea, as well as developing other projects. We are looking for an intern to assist with organising the Foundation’s summer party, planned for June, in addition to other tasks. Russian language ability an advantage but not essential.  Recent art history and/or Russian undergraduates or graduates preferred.  It is essential that the applicant is able to work independently on a variety of projects. This role will involve administrative and research duties. Candidates are able to work from home part-time. Please note this internship is currently unpaid.
Email covering letter and CV to Alexander Walsh
Anton Chekhov Foundation:

New Shevchenko translation in 200 anniversary year
Glagoslav have written to draw our attention to a special release of the first ever complete English translation of Taras Shevchenko’s Kobzar .  They say "this is a big contribution to the Ukraine's cultural awareness worldwide. This English rendition of the entire Kobzar is coming as a paperback, hardcover and special gift edition, richly illustrated with Shevchenko’s paintings, etchings and drawings, aimed to increase awareness of the Ukraine's cultural heritage.
This unique translation focuses on Shevchenko’s content and features modern English idiom that could be understood easily by readers of today. “The collection, too, is largely about a quest for Ukrainian identity, connecting historical events that showed courage along with the shared trauma that serve to define Ukrainians as a people and nation. Shevchenko creates all this in a dynamic literary idiom that smashes the Russian Empire’s imposed stereotype of Ukrainians as a rural peasantry that speaks a “dialect” of Russian, which does not lend itself to higher thought,” says Peter Fedynsky in the introduction to this edition."
More information on the Glagoslav website or contact Irina Ivanc

Russian buyer for Inchdrewer Castle
Olga Roh, former Versace model, explains her plans for the ruined castle  to the STV.

Russian typewriter
Free to the first person who contacts us.  More information

New Books
Peter France and Robyn Marsack (eds): After Lermontov: Translations for the Bicentenary, Carcanet. Lermontov traced his ancestry to Scotland, and this book offers a Scottish perspective on the Russian poet. Most of the translators are Scottish or have Scottish connections, and some of the poems are translated into Scots.  Order at the special price of £10 (RRP £12.95) with free UK P&P on  - enter the code: VALERIK (case sensitive) at the checkout.

Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, (ed.) The Russian Language Outside the Nation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.  Details and discount voucher here.
A A Gromyko (ed): Дилеммы Британии - поиск путей развития. Moscow 2014.  Free download. Chapter 16 "Russian-British relations" is interesting - but could do with an update in due course to reflect recent events.

Vitali Vitaliev, Granny Yaga, Thames River Press.  Tales of Granny Yaga's visit to London for children - and others by former Edinburgh resident Vitali Vitaliev.  Previewed at an SRF meeting last year and now published. Details.
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