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January 2021

“The National Republics of Russia’s Southwest: Dagestan and Kalmykia Compared” with Dr Edward Holland and Dr Elvira Churyumova – Friday, 15 January, 19:00

Friday 15 January, 19:00 - 20:30
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The Sulakskiy Canyon, Dagestan and the Single Poplar Tree, Kalmykia Far from the Orthodox Cathedrals of Moscow and Russia’s heartland, in the country’s southwest, are two neighbouring regions where other religious traditions predominate. The republic of Dagestan, in Russia’s North Caucasus, is a diverse place where Islam has been practised for more than a millennium. Just to Dagestan’s north is the Buddhist-practising republic of Kalmykia. This presentation contrasts these two places, drawing on their differences but also noting similarities between…

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February 2021

“The Portland Spy Ring” by Stephen Dalziel – Thursday, 11 February, 19:00

Thursday 11 February, 19:00 - 20:30

Morris Cohen – an American Communist who worked for the USSR Espionage, spies and secrets are words which excite great curiosity, even fear. Is it the world of James Bond? Or was John le Carré closer to the mark? The Portland Spy Ring of the late 1950s and early 1960s showed how espionage can involve people who live apparently ordinary lives. But serious damage was done to British interests.           WHEN: Thursday, 11 February 2021, 19:00 (GMT)…

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