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SRF Christmas Party for members
If any SRF members haven't had their invitation please let me know as soon as possible and I'll send it again.  And if you just haven't got round to replying but would like to come let me know about that too. We only have room for another 15 people!

SRF stand at the SALT conference on 5 November
We had a stand at SALT, alongside other cultural organisations, which showed delegates some of the main Russian teaching materials available to schools.  There was quite a lot of interest and in particular a number of Glasgow schools were keen to have a Russian taster - so Glasgow student Katrina Bell (pictured) will be busy!  We have been invited to participate in a number of similar events next year - for example the SCILT "Business Brunches" for senior pupils and the Language Show, in Glasgow for its second year this March.

SRF AGM Thursday 19 January
We have now booked a room for this (the Summerhall Cafe, 7pm) so will be sending details to members soon, including an invitation to stand for election to the committee.  Please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to discuss that.

Interested non-members are also very welcome to come to the AGM.  You will hear what we have been doing this year, and can take part in discussions on plans for the future as well as meeting members over a drink at the end.  Very worthwhile if you are considering joining us and would like to contribute to our work.

A talk by our Vice-President Dairmid Gunn - 13 February, 2pm at the NLS
We are delighted to be joining with the National Library of Scotland to hear Dairmid talk about his recent book of interviews with Arctic Convoy veterans "Cold Seas and Warm Friendships".  The book was commissioned by the Russian Consulate who donated copies to the veterans and their families. Details.

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
20-25 November: Holodomor exhibition. Edinburgh
22 November: The Russian language as a medium of religious communication: the case of Russian Muslims. Edinburgh
26 November: Scotland vs Georgia rugby Autumn Tests. Kilmarnock
27 November: Alexander Nevsky (1938), dir Eisenstein. Dumfries
1 December: Chai n Chat. Edinburgh
22 January: St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Edinburgh
25 January: Tatiana Tolstaya at the UofG. Glasgow
13 February:
Dairmid Gunn - Cold Seas and Warm Friendships : Commemorating Veterans of the Arctic Convoys. Edinburgh
7 March: Revolutionary rumblings in the letters of Welsh migrants to the Donbass: The Hughesovka story. St Andrews
4 April: The Long Hangover: memory and revolution in Ukraine and Russia. St Andrews
18 April: Andrei Kurkov in conversation. St Andrews
25 April: Mediating “Civil Society” in the Belarusian Press: The Colour Revolutions. St Andrews
23 May: Revolution on Display: 1917 at the British Library. St Andrews

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
Various dates: London organisations running lectures in Russian (mostly): Arbuzz, Open Russia Club and Pryamaya Rech. London
Various dates: Dash Arts. London
Various dates: Revolution. Film by Margy Kinmonth.  All over UK and Ireland (not Scotland - yet!)
16 Sept-18 Dec: Yalta 1945 by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid. Installation of 31 panels. Ben Uri Gallery, London
11 Nov-18 Dec: Dostoevsky Day UK. London
21-26 November: The Legacy of the Silk Road. London
29-30 November: Russian-British Business Forum. London
30 Nov-4 Dec: Russian Film Week. London
6-10 Dec: Eifman Ballet "Up and Down". ENO, London
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
10 Oct-4 Feb 2018: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Tate Modern, London
8 Nov-18 Feb 2018: Red Star Over Russia. Tate Modern, London


Why is Russian literature not translated into English as much as other literatures?
The latest in Natasha Perova's reflections for our New Russian Writing asks this question.  See her article Post-Frankfurt Reflections:

"This October I went as usual to the Frankfurt Book Fair. It is the world’s largest and most representative book fair and reflects the situation in and sets the trends for the international book world. The fact that interest in contemporary Russian fiction is only marginal was no news to me, but I tried to understand the current reasons for it and whether there is anything to be done about it. It was reported that the number of translations published in the UK and US rose 20% in the last two years. However, the number of translations from Russian fell dramatically. Is the reason only political? It can’t be. I wonder what SRF readers think is the real reason."
...... Read the rest of this article on 

And let us know what you think!

Glasgow Uni Eastern & Central Eur Languages on Facebook
Keep an eye on their new Facebook page for news of Russian, Czech, Polish etc at Glasgow.  Not least as the Russian dept plans celebrations for its 100th anniversary next year.

Old New Year Ball in Edinburgh
Members of the Russian community are holding a masked ball on 14 January at the Caledonian Hotel.  Sounds like a glittering occasion.  More information: Oxana Rogovets

Christmas cards and gifts
When you buy your Christmas cards and gifts this year please consider supporting Ecologia Youth TrustChildAid and St Gregorys (all British charities supporting children in Russia and her neighbours). 

Akunin in conversation with members of the GURSS

The Glasgow University Russian Speaking Society organised a very interesting videoconference with  Grigory Chkhartishvili (Boris Akunin) recently and you can hear the conversation here.  Keep an eye on the GURSS Facebook page for news of future events - eg an interview (live this time) with Tatiana Tolstaya in January.

5th Moffat Russian Conference
Moffat Book Events held its 5th Russian Conference in Moffat in late October, this year with the topic "Poets and Power".  There was a lot of coverage in the local and Russian press, eg this report on Annandale TV and an article on the website of conference sponsor the Institute of Translation

Likhachev Foundation Cultural Fellowships in Russia
The Likhachev Foundation have announced their annual competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in Russia (St. Petersburg) from 15 to 28 May 2017 for foreign professionals in the field of arts and culture who work on projects related to Russian culture and history and aimed at a broad foreign audience. Airfare (economy class) and accommodation in St. Petersburg will be covered by the organizers.  Deadline for applications 15 February 2017.  More information on

Erayim Aid Trust teaching opportunities in the Kyrgyz Republic
For details of opportunities for teacher training, voluntary English teaching and English/Russian language exchange see:
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We also welcome donations and offers of help with our various activities.

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Tel. 0131 560 1486 or email to discuss.
Our mailing address is: The Scotland-Russia Forum, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

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