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May 2021

Marking the Centenary of Academician Andrei Sakharov: Panel discussion (in English and Russian) – Friday, 21 May at 19:00 (BST)

Friday 21 May, 19:00 - 20:30

Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989) A theoretical physicist and one of the creators of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was also an earnest advocate for ending the Cold War, a dissident and a devout defender of human rights in the Soviet Union. His scrupulous sense of fairness, clear and captivating logic, and unselfish dedication to the cause of peace and justice made many feel that he was the "conscience of the people". Sakharov died two years before the collapse of…

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“Mayovka” BBQ: Outdoor event – Monday, 31 May, 10:00 – 18:00 (BST) (more details to follow)

Monday 31 May, 09:00 - 18:00

A scene from the movie "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" (1980) We will adhere to the appropriate Covid social distancing rules. How we plan to stay safe at our outdoor event will be announced prior to the event. Come and join us at this traditional May outing. Enjoy the fresh air and relax with us in the sun, sing, jump, play outdoor games, participate in fun competitions and share the food and drink.   PLEASE BRING: food and drink to share,…

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June 2021

“Russian Language: Between the Past and the Future,” a lecture by Evgeny Vodolazkin (in Russian) – Friday, 4 June at 19:00 (BST)

Friday 4 June, 19:00 - 20:30

Evgeny Vodolazkin will talk about changes occurring in the modern Russian language. What do they testify to? How should we treat them? WHEN: Friday, 4 June at 19:00 (BST) WHERE: Zoom LANGUAGE: Russian FEE: Voluntary donation* Please REGISTER in advance (with your name and email address). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom joining link.   About the speaker Evgeny Vodolazkin (London, 2011) Evgeny Germanovich Vodolazkin DPhil (b. 1964 in Kyiv) is a writer and literary critic. In 1986 he graduated from…

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“Ivanovo – the ‘Russian Manchester’, and the Story of Printed Textiles in Russia”, a talk by Pamela Smith – Thursday, 24 June at 19:00 (BST)

Thursday 24 June, 19:00 - 20:30

Before the 1917 Revolution Russia had a thriving textile industry, exporting vast quantities of printed cotton throughout the Russian empire and beyond. In the city of Ivanovo alone nearly 30,000 textile workers were employed. Distinctive red prints became an important element of folk dress, and in the 1920s and ’30s designs promoted the philosophy of the new Soviet state. This talk explores the colourful and sometimes dramatic history of the industry, including its links with Britain. WHEN: Thursday, 24 June…

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