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April 2021

“Gagarin, Zvyozdochka and Prime Minister Macmillan: the Build-up to and Aftermath of the First Human Spaceflight” with Doug Millard – Thursday, 8 April at 19:00 (BST)

Thursday 8 April, 19:00

Monument to the Conquerors of Space frieze, Moscow, showing Laika and Gagarin Yuri Gagarin conducted the first human spaceflight in April 1961. His success and personality won him admirers around the world, including the thousands in Britain who welcomed him to these shores later that year. But Gagarin’s flight only happened once preceding missions with dogs were safely returned to Earth from orbit. This talk looks at the Soviet space heroes of 1961, canine and human, and the fame of…

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Belarus, the Keystone in Europe’s Borderlands with Neil Kent – Thursday, 15 April at 19:00 (BST)

Thursday 15 April, 19:00 - 20:30

Brest Fortress This talk will focus upon the complex history, culture, religions and political role of Belarus in a wider European context, whilst also considering its recent internal developments and especially the role of its churches. Simplistic conclusions in the media about its politics and current upheavals do not do the reality justice.     WHEN: Thursday, 15 April 2021, 19:00 (BST) WHERE: Zoom LANGUAGE: English Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the…

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Poetry Readings with Marina Boroditskaya (in Russian) – Friday, 23 April at 19:00 (BST)

Friday 23 April, 19:00 - 20:00

A special opportunity to meet Marina Boroditskaya - a poet and renowned translator of English, American and French classical poetry, including the first Russian translation of Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Criseyde’, Shakespeare, Donne, the Cavalier poets, Burns, Keats and Kipling. Some participants might recognise her from her Radio Russia Literary Pharmacy programme - the Russian equivalent of Poetry Please! - which stayed on air for 21 years, from 1997 to 2018. Marina will be reading favourite excerpts from her books and…

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May 2021

Mikhail Bulgakov as a unique, XX century Russian artist with Prof. Irina Mineralova (in Russian) – Friday, 7 May at 19:00 (BST)

Friday 7 May, 19:00 - 20:30

Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) Why is it often difficult to render literature into film? The magic of Bulgakov’s words, his synthesis of ideas and images of ideas are the answer. Bulgakov needs to be listened to! One needs to hear him. His words passionately combine history, culture, the music of Kiev and Moscow. He was a miracle maker. Let’s take a closer look and listen to how he did it in his best works! On the eve of the 130th anniversary…

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