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25 November 2015
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Russian Book Sale, 2 Dec
As visitors know we have room for only a very small library in our Summerhall office.  We've been storing a lot of books (about 25 boxes) and can no longer do this so are holding a huge sale on Wednesday 2 December.  As the poster says "Everything must go" so expect ridiculous prices.
Many thanks to Edinburgh University Students Assn for allowing us to hold the sale at their Potterrow base.
CAN YOU HELP?  We need people to carry boxes,set up the sale, and sell books.  Please contact if you can help with any of that.
Wed 2 Dec, 10.30am-2pm, Potterrow (Bristo Sq, Edinburgh).  All welcome

Sir Tony Brenton:
Russia as an Asian Power.  2 Dec

An Asia-Scotland Institute event, supported by the SRF
The ASI's final Ambassadorial Briefing of the year brings Sir Tony Brenton, former UK ambassador in Moscow, to Scotland at an extremely interesting point in Russian international relations. More information on

Book launch: "Abel - The True Story of the Spy They Traded for Gary Powers". 30 Nov
To coincide with the Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies, Biteback Publishing is bringing out a new edition of Edinburgh author (and SRF member) Vin Arthey’s spy biography, with a new title, Abel: The True Story of the Spy They Traded for Gary Powers.
The book will be launched in Edinburgh at Waterstones in George Street when the author will be interviewed by Colin Salter of Edinburgh non-fiction writers' group Stranger Than Fiction.
The film, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, is scheduled to open in the UK on November 27th – see Cinema.
6.30pm, Waterstones, George St., Edinburgh. Light refreshments. Please reserve your place by emailing

New web page: Russian in Scotland's schools
We've just added a short page to the SRF website summarising our efforts to include Russian in the Scottish school curriculum -  More ideas and offers of help would be very gratefully received.

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 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
from Friday 27 November: Bridge of Spies. UK-wide
28 November: Ukrainian Club Bazaar. Edinburgh
28 November: An evening with journalist and public figure Sergei Parkhomenko. Edinburgh
30 November: Abel - The True Story of the Spy They Traded for Gary Powers. Edinburgh
1-12 December: The Leningrad Album - On display. 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
6 December: Doctor Zhivago. Edinburgh
22 December: Hard to Be a God (Trudno byt bogom). 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
15 April: RSNO Cinderella with Lazarev and Lugansky. Usher Hall, Edinburgh
16 April: RSNO Cinderella with Lazarev and Lugansky. Glasgow Concert Hall

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
from 18 September: Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. A major exhibition at the Science Museum, London
24 November - 3 January 2016:UK/RAINE: Emerging Artists from the Uk and Ukraine. Saatchi Gallery, London
14 December: Translating Bulgakov: New Perspectives on a Russian Master. London
16-17 April: 8th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar. London


Teachers in Glasgow?
We have had two enquiries recently about the availability of Russian teaching for secondary school pupils in/near Glasgow.  Please contact us if you know of classes available for a teenage  beginner OR a teacher willing to give private tuition and with exam experience (SQA Languages for Life & Work or GCSE).

Ukrainian Club bar open this Friday (27 Nov) + Bazaar on 28th
The Bar at the Ukrainian Community Centre, 14 Royal Terr, Edinburgh will be open on the last Friday of every month 6-11pm.  Free Entry, No raffles, Supper available. Live music 
The Ukrainian Club are also holding a Bazaar on Sat 28 Nov - see link  in "What's On" above.
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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