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12 Feb 2014

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SRF News

Scotland Russia Review
New issue, with the theme "Year of Russian Culture in Scotland" is just out.  Members should have received a copy in the post - let us know if it hasn't arrived.  Non-members can read it online.  Let us know what you think!

Panel discussion of LGBT Lives in Russia on 15 Feb
Organised by the SRF, with partners Edinburgh Film Guild, the Edinburgh University Amnesty Society and Glasgow University.  We have assembled a unique and interesting panel to discuss this topical subject: Chris Bryant MP, three LGBT activists from Moscow, and academics from Glasgow University.  The discussion will be followed by a break enabling audience and panel to meet each other informally, and then by new films on the topic.  3pm, 15 Feb in LT 175, Old College, University of EdinburghDetails.
The Film Guild has organised a groundbreaking programme of new films on LGBT Lives in Russia and Lithuania at Summerhall in Edinburgh until 23 February: details on the Guild website.

You are invited to meet the dancers after Giselle on 25 February
The SRF have invited the visiting Russian State Ballet of Siberia to meet our members and others for a drink after the performance on Tuesday 25 Feb. They are performing at the Edinburgh Playhouse 25 Feb-1 March.
9.45 for10pm, Tues 25 Feb, bar at Edinburgh Mercure Hotel, Princes St.  All are welcome. Please pay for your own refreshments - the dancers are our guests.

Short film interview with the SRF
Summerhall TV is interviewing all Summerhall residents - and the SRF's turn came recently.  Watch it here and let us know what you think.

What's On

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland 
29 May 2013-13 March 2014: Arctic Convoys.  Edinburgh Castle, exhibition
11-23 February: LGBT Lives in Russian and Lithuania: Queer Cinema and Associated Events. Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Films, discussions etc
13 February: Mikhail Shishkin "A Contemporary Russian Writer: Challenges of Aesthetic and Political Self-Definition". Edinburgh
13 February: Talk by the editors of the Russian lesbian journal Ostrov. Glasgow. Talk.

14 February: LGBT films at the Glasgow Short Film Festival. Glasgow. Cinema
15 February : The LGBT situation in Russia. Edinburgh.  Panel discussion and films. SRF event
16, 22, 23 February: Edinburgh Film Guild - LGBT films. Summerhall, Edinburgh.
18 February: Alexander Verkhovsky - the Honorary Dashkova Lecture. Edinburgh. Lecture.
22 February: Launch of new album of Burns/Vysotsky songs. Glasgow
25 February-1 March: Russian State Ballet of Siberia. Edinburgh
22 March: From Russia with Love.  Study days at the RCS. Glasgow.
26 April-6 June: Uncle Varick by John Byrne. Scottish tour. Theatre
21-25 October: The Three Sisters by John Byrne. Edinburgh. Theatre
Events outside Scotland
6 December-22 February: Turgenev's "Fortune's Fool" (Нахлебник) at the Old Vic, London.
4-14 February: Olga Geoghegan and Jean-Jacques Kissling: an insider and outsider’s perception of St. Petersburg. Exhibition at Rossotrudnichestvo, London.
28 February: Doing Business in Russia through and with Finland and Estonia. London
15-19 April: Eifman Ballet: Rodin (premiere) and Anna Karenina. London Coliseum. UK-Russia Year of Culture
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. UK-Russia Year of Culture
Various dates: SCRSS programme 2014. London


Russian language via Skype
Aberdeen's Russian Education Support Centre (RESC) Slovo now offers Russian language tuition for individuals or groups on Skype.  More information:  Dr. Marina Kovaleva or Katya Murray

Translation competitions
1) Compass Translation Award: 2014 – Arseny Tarkovsky Competition

Our partners Compass recently announced the winner of their 2013 translation competition, dedicated last year to Maria Petrovykh.  They have now announced details of their 2014 competition - translations of the poems of Arseny Tarkovsky.  The deadline is The deadline is July 31, 2014.  Full details on
2) The Rossica Young Translators Award is now open for submissions
Prize for literary translation from Russian into English, open to entrants up to the age of 24.
Details on  Please send your submissions to Daria at The deadline is the 25th of February 2014.
3) The Stephen Spender Prize 2014 for poetry in translation 
Open to all ages, translation of poetry in any language into English. Details.

Internship opportunities in Novosibirsk
Educational Centre "Cosmopolitan", Novosibirsk, Russia, is offering summer internships for university students at children's camps in the Altai Mountains and in the countryside just outside Novosibirsk, the administrative capital of Siberia and the centre of Russia.  No previous knowledge of Russian, or teaching experience, required. Details.

UKTI support for Russian investors to the UK
Details of increased support on the UKTI website.

Ruslan Russian Alphabet Starter
New pocket-sized booklet published on February 10th by Ruslan Ltd.  Details.

200th anniversary
1) 2014 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of poet Taras Shevchenko.  The Edinburgh Ukrainian Society is celebrating with a Shevchenko-Burns dinner on 22 February.  More information.
2) It is also Lermontov's anniversary - more news on celebrations in honour of the Russian poet with Scottish ancestors in this month's Scotland-Russia Review.  There will be other events too - watch this space.

"In the Land of Endless Expectations"
Very interesting new photo/art project, with accompanying stories, about the Slav heartlands of Ukraine and Russia from Scottish photographer (and SRF member) Simon Crofts.
The project is being serialised over the next few weeks. The first instalment, both of images (there are six 'picture poems') and the first essay, have now gone live at

Student seeks summer internship in a Russian-speaking country
.Available June and half of July. Suggestions welcome - email
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