Cambridge-based Financial Company is looking for a Russian-speaking Assistant Accountant (Full-time position)

An established Cambridge-based financial company is looking for a Russian-speaking assistant accountant for a permanent job.

Requirements for a successful candidate:
– Good written and spoken English and Russian;
–  Business correspondence skills in English and Russian;
–  Working knowledge of MS Excel;
–  Foreign currency experience;
–  Experience in the use of Sage Line 50 software will be an advantage, however, training may be provided;
–  Positive and professional approach to delivering tasks and strong work ethics.

Main responsibilities:
– Monitoring of the company’s bank accounts, including control of cash transactions, accounting and timely reporting of financial transactions;
– Maintenance of Excel spreadsheets, processing data of customer payments;
– Correspondence with customers: providing answers to customer enquiries regarding financial transactions by e-mail (in English and Russian).

– AAT qualification level 2-3 (applications from candidates who have recently completed training or have experience in the field of finance will be considered).

A successful candidate will be offered a salary of £27,000 per annum.

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV in English to: or

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Online Course “KVN-Intensive” for Children and Youth from 8 to 18 years old

Many people born in the USSR remember KVN (Клуб Веселых и Находчивых, a.k.a. КВН / Club of Fun-loving and Quick-witted People), a game from our childhood, which has been on TV since 1961! Currently, it is one of the most popular entertainment projects in Russia, where multinational teams compete live on-stage while demonstrating wittiness and sense of humour using elements of stand-up, variety show and entertainment. KVN has millions of followers and attracts talented young participants from more than 30 countries. Now it is coming to Cambridge.

Greetings from the Moscow KVN team: Hello, Cambridge!

See the team’s Instagram page.

We invite young people (8-18 years old) to take part in a unique 6-week long virtual course “KVN- Intensive”, starting on either the 9 June or 11 June (ending on 14 July or 16 July 2021) – TBC depending on the chosen day for the first training). The day of the final contest will be confirmed later.

Fluency in Russian language is essential as the course will be conducted in Russian. The booking deadline is Sunday, 6 June.

To book your child(ren) on this course and with any enquiries please contact Alexander Tretyakov at (in Russian) or Elena Kapitsa at (in Russian or English).

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In Memory of Anna Fetzer-Pimblott: Memorial Service on Saturday, 22 May, 16:30, and Donations

Anna Fetzer-Pimblott (2009)

We are very sorry to inform everyone that Anna Fetzer-Pimblott died on Thursday, 13 May, following a very sudden deterioration in her health during the past few weeks. We know that many of you knew her personally and will be heartbroken and devastated by this news.

There is going to be а memorial service held at Parish Church of St. Clement,  Bridge St, Cambridge, CB2 1UF, on Saturday, 22 May at 16:30. Please do let us know if you are planning to come by sending an email to

If you would like to make a donation in Anna’s memory, please go to:

All of us knew Anna as the kindest, gentle, generous, very cultured, and amazing person and we would like her family to use funds collected to do something special and kind in Anna’s memory.

We are also offering people who knew Anna to share their memories with Masha, Anna’s daughter, and Paul, her husband. Anna taught so many children in Cambridge, as a piano teacher and as a teacher of Russian literature. It will be very special if we can share our memories with Anna’s family. Please send your memories to and we will make them into a book for the family.

Thank you,

From Anna Fetzer-Pimblott friends

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Guided tours of Cambridge & Tuition in Maths and Russian by an experienced teacher Tanya Yurasova

Guided tours of Cambridge (in Russian or English) by a professional green-badge guide (face-to-face or virtual, public or private and tailored to your individual needs, general or themed, e.g. history of science in Cambridge, ghosts at night, particular parts of the city, tours for families with children, treasure hunts, Fitzwilliam museum, Sedgwick museum, etc).
See available tours at
For upcoming tours, please look at the calendar on the right-hand side and click on the dates highlighted in Cambridge blue!
Please get in touch with your preferences of date and topic.

Maths tuition (online in English or Russian) by an experienced professional teacher includes the following topics:

  • Help with A-levels and IB;
  • Challenging Maths to expand your horizons and inspire;
  • Emergency pre-GCSE brush-up and polish;
  • Help & support to overcome ‘mental blocks’ and fear of Maths.

Russian lessons (online; one-to-one or in small groups) by an experienced and enthusiastic teacher.
Please get in touch with any questions, indicating your level of Russian.

Contact details:
Phone/WhatsApp: 0781 510 1481.

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Newly published illustrated album “Unofficial Art of the Second World War. Elena Marttila. Pavel Afonin. Sergey Babkov. Personal History and Memory” by Ksenia Afonina

Unofficial Art of the Second World War

Unofficial Art of the Second World War. Elena Marttila. Pavel Afonin. Sergey Babkov. Personal History and Memory. Kriga. 2021

An illustrated album “Unofficial Art of the Second World War. Elena Marttila. Pavel Afonin. Sergey Babkov. Personal History and Memory” by Ksenia Afonina (in Russian), (Kriga, 2021).

The album features over a hundred works conveying the first-hand military experience of three artists – E.O. Marttila, P.I. Afonin and S.F. Babkov. What distinguishes their pictures is their individual view – young art school graduates who found themselves in the centre of the grandiose events unfolding on the Eastern Front – a view free from official commissions and the demands of state propaganda. A special place in the publication is devoted to the sketches of the young woman artist Elena Marttila, made in besieged Leningrad, as well as auto-lithographs and engravings based on them in the postwar years. Some of you might remember the exhibition of her works “Art and Endurance in the Siege of Leningrad” in Darwin College from January to March 2017.

The works of the sapper Pavel Afonin and the artilleryman Sergey Babkov are represented by portraits and genre scenes from the life of a soldier, mainly captured at the front and in hospitals. The artists created a gallery of vivid images of their wartime experiences and their contemporaries. Their works help to imagine and feel the depth of the trials that befell the frontline generation. Some of Pavel Afonin’s  and Sergey Babkov’s works were displayed at the “Art at the Front” exhibition in Jesus College Chapel in May 2013.

More than half of the works are published for the first time, as well artists’ personal diaries and photographs. The book is available to order.

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NY greetings 2021

Welcome to the Russian-speaking community of Cambridge, UK!

Dear Friends/Дорогие друзья,

As the holiday season approaches, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and would like to thank all those who helped to keep up our community spirit. It has been a challenging year for us all. Many of us have had to work from home and adapt to a new lifestyle.

Whilst embracing the virtual realm, we have come to appreciate even more the love and support extended to us by our friends and families, as well as the fellowship of our wider communities, in which we hope CamRuSS has made its contribution.

We wish that 2021 will bring peace, joy and prosperity to you and your family.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you in the coming year.

Our warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year,
С наступающим Рождеством и Новым годом!



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The Siege of Leningrad in documentary and feature films

This year on 27 January the siege of Leningrad was lifted 77 years ago in 1944. The siege was a prolonged military blockade undertaken by the Army Group North of Nazi Germany against the Soviet city of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) on the Eastern Front in World War II. The siege began on 8 September 1941, when the Wehrmacht severed the last road to the city. Although Soviet forces managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, the Red Army did not lift the siege until 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. The blockade became one of the longest and most destructive sieges in world history, and it was possibly the costliest siege in history as well, due to the number of casualties. Some historians classified it as a ‘genocide’ due to the systematic starvation and intentional destruction of the city’s civilian population.

If you would like to learn more about the siege, you may watch the following documentary and feature films by following these links:

A collection of 25 films by the Russian union of writers (in Russian)
“The Most Important Thing in Life” (in Russian, Russian title: “Самое главное в жизни”)
“900 days The Myth & Reality of the Leningrad Blockade” (in English)
“Battlefield – The Siege Of Leningrad” (in English)

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A message from the Gift of Life Foundation

Winter holidays are already around the corner, and are you still wondering what present to give your friends or acquaintances? Instead of gift baskets and knick-knacks, donate to programs that help children with cancer.

– Go to the Gift of Life website
– Donate to the Festive Season Appeal
– And you will receive an electronic postcard with a story about your participation in the charity event, which you can send to friends and family or print and put under the tree 🙂

By refraining from meaningless gifts and souvenirs in favour of charity, you are making the greatest gift of all – the gift of life!

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Ludmila Perlova presents an Art exhibition BAUHAUS101+ – Monday-Tuesday, 28-29 December, 14:00-19:00

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An art exhibition dedicated to the 101st anniversary of the world-famous Staatliches Bauhaus – a German Art and Design School founded in 1919 in Weimar by architect Walter Gropius (the creator of Impington Village College buildings).

The exhibition features works of art and design inspired by the achievements of some distinguished artists who influenced Bauhaus style, such as Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian. The exhibits illustrate the continuing influence of Bauhaus ideas on modern art and design.


WHEN: Monday-Tuesday, 28-29 December, 14:00-19:00

WHERE: St Augustine’s Church, 101 Richmond Rd, Cambridge, CB4 3PS
BOOKING: Book your visit in advance at

For any questions, please email Ludmila Perlova to


About Ludmila Perlova

Ludmila Perlova is a professional interior and furniture designer. She received a thorough art education including at a children’s art school, followed by a secondary art school affiliated with the Leningrad Academy of Arts and, finally, the Estonian Academy of Arts. She has been teaching art to children and adults for the last 13 years. Although her personal interests lie in portraiture and figurative art, Lyudmila teaches various techniques, including painting with oil, acrylics, watercolours and pastels, drawing, graphics and sculpture as well as collage, wool and mixed media.

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Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and Remembrance Day with The Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society in 2020

We are delighted to inform you about the successful completion of our community project “Remembering the Second World War.” It included a range of public events and the publication of a brochure with autobiographies of 15 veterans, 20 personal stories and tributes to family members who experienced the war first-hand – during the Blitz bombings or during active service with the Royal Air Force or on the Eastern Front.

The first part (pp 3-20) of the brochure ‘Veterans of the Second World War in Britain’ was produced in May this year. It featured short autobiographies and photographs of veterans, all of whom took an active part in the Arctic Convoys.

Then we complemented the brochure with a collection of personal stories written by members of the Cambridge Russian-Speaking community which has resulted in the production of the second part entitled “Living Memories of the Second World War” (pp 21-43).

We are most grateful to all the contributors who helped to realise this publication, including the 15 veterans and their families, 13 CamRuSS members who kindly shared their family stories, Beverley Lott, who helped with proofreading, designer Maria Bestujeva and CamRuSS volunteers Yelena Karl and Ksenia Afonina who initiated and managed this project. Our special thanks to Cambridge City Council whose Community Grant VE-75 helped us to arrange printing of this publication.

We hope that you will enjoy reading these moving stories and that our thoughts and hearts will connect in remembering and paying tribute to the generation that had to face the enormous challenges of the Second World War.

Over the years of our charitable work in the UK, The Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society has had the pleasure and honour to get to know our local heroes – veterans of the Second World War, who are residing in the UK. We have organised several public events in Cambridge with Russian and British war veterans and have stayed in touch with them via letters and phone calls.

It has become a tradition for us to send cards to the veterans for VE Day. Some cards we procure in Russia, others we print locally using original designs produced by students at  Cambridge Russian School and Cambridge Russian Academy. Since 2015, every May CamRuSS members have attended the annual commemorative wreath-laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial in London. This event has become even more poignant since a group of Russian war veterans started coming to the UK to celebrate VE Day with their British colleagues.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the end of the Second World War. Originally we had planned to hold a range of public events. However, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, we had to divert our activities to the virtual realm, which, apart from its apparent limitations, has helped to engage new audiences.

We recorded a special VE Day greeting by Captain Rolfe Monteith – one of the UK-based veterans (in May); organised a screening of the feature film ‘Franz+Polina’ and an online discussion with its director Mikhail Segal (in June); took part in an informal virtual meeting with the Russian veterans in Moscow who were due to come to visit us in the UK in May (in August); held an online talk on ‘Operation Barbarossa. The turning point of the Second World War’ by Dr John Barber (in September); and an evening of poetry of the Second World war with translator Maria Bloshteyn (in October). Recordings of the talks were made available to CamRuSS members.

Let us continue to stay connected.

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