Russian Destinies in London. Talk by Natalia Dissanayake
18th September @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm| £3
Natalia Dissanayake, the author of the book “Russian Destinies in London” will come to Cambridge to give an illustrated talk about Russian presence and Russian influence on the British Isles since the 16th century and up to present days.
Her book is the result of the decade of thorough research on the subject. Among the Russians living in the UK across centuries were members of the Russian Imperial family, aristocrats, revolutionaries, rebels, philosophers, writers and scientists, musicians and artists, diplomats and clergymen, athletes and soldiers; some are well known, some still remain in obscurity. Among these Russians were the godfather of Queen Victoria, a dancer who became an undying symbol of ballet, a diplomat who led the Parliament to adopt the Diplomatic Integrity Act, the first female President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, two prisoners, who later became ministers in their homeland, and an “iron woman” who conquered the hearts of two outstanding writers of the 20th century.
Natalia Dissanayake was born and lived in Moscow. She was a teacher of Russian language and literature and an editor at the publishing house “Progress”. Since 1972 she has been living in London. From 1988 – a member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides (Blue Badge) and the Institute of Tourist Guides.
Entry: CamRuSS members £1, non-members £3