Ludmila Perlova presents an Art exhibition BAUHAUS101+ – Saturday-Monday, 24-26 July, 12:30-18:30 (BST)

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This exhibition was initially planned to take place in December 2020 but due to the coronavirus restrictions it was postponed and is now taking place on 24-26 July 2021.

 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: Saturday-Monday, 24-26 July 2021, 12:30-18:30

WHERE: Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge CB24 9LX


For any questions, please email Ludmila Perlova at

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, Ludmila 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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Stanley Ballard (1923 – 2021) Memorial Page

James Pitts (1924 – 2017) and Stanley Ballard (1923 – 2021) at the Soviet War Memorial in London on 9 May 2014

We learnt about the departure of another dear member of our community – a veteran of the Second World War Stanley Ballard (1923 – 2021) who visited us in Cambridge a couple of times in the last years. In 2015 Stan took part in the “Evening of History and Memories” where he shared memories of his war experiences and gave interviews to local students as part of The Arctic Convoys filming project in 2017. Stan, who turned 98 on 21 June, passed away in a care home in Surrey on Monday, 28 June.

Stan was born in Pimlico, Westminster. On 21 June 1941, he joined the Royal Navy and became a leading seaman in the submarine detection service (ASDICS) onboard HMS Southdown Destroyer in 1941 and later HMS Cotton in 1943, which took part in the Arctic convoys. He was part of the convoy to Iceland and then to Russia in 1945.
Stan was a man of great wit and artistic talent. He enjoyed singing and was a lead voice at all veterans’ gatherings, where “The Way We Were” was one of his favourites. He loved poetry and left us with some memorable and moving pieces, such as these:

In life, some of us go through hell and come back for a brand new start

Full of love from the zest of love we have to really start

But people being people, with hearts full of love

And love is something that comes from the heart and brain

So you have to re-start the motor and revive it once again

If you are really lucky and get a second start

Make sure you make most of it, love so full in your heart

There are people in this world today who know not what love is

They are most unfortunate; they know not what love is

There are many forms of love in this life that we live

Of personal things, but the best by far is love for one another

If you have not known this love than life is not complete

What tells us what makes this love we keep within our heart

This love, warm and so full of life, it makes us ten feet tall.

If you have not this love life is incomplete

This life of ours is so short, every precious day we should count

I have seen so many things in this long life I cannot believe

With your background of love instilled in you son, by a family so full of love

And you and I must say “Thank God” for another day…

(an abstract from “The Black Vase” dedicated to his son. September 2007)


Our Heaven

Should I find a heaven that I could choose

I would leave this world behind me

Though good friends I would lose.

I would take with me your loving heart

Your eyes, your lips so true

And though all the years without a fear

We would have our dreams come true.

And though this Heaven lays beyond my schemes

Take cheer and guard your heart

For we will make one of our dreams

If you will play your part.

For it is surely in our means

So let us make a start.


Stan was featured in our VE-75 presentation (page 6).

You can find Stan singing (from 38:50 to 40:20) in the closing scene in The Last Witness film project created for HMS Belfast by Tim Lewin.

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Peter Zinovieff (1933 – 2021) Memorial Page

Peter Zinovieff in 2013 (by Jakob Polacsek)

Another CamRuSS friend whom we lost was Peter Zinovieff (1933 – 2021) who passed away on Thursday, 24 June at his home in Cambridge.
Peter was born in 1933 to Leo Zinovieff and Sofka, Russian aristocrats, who met in London after their families had emigrated to escape the Russian revolution. He earned a doctorate in geology at Oxford University.

Peter was a British engineer and inventor, most notable for his Electronic Music Studios (EMS) company, that made the famous VCS3 synthesizer in the late 1960s used by many early progressive rock bands such as Pink Floyd, The Who, White Noise, and Krautrock groups as well as artists like Todd Rundgren and David Bowie. Dr Zinovieff, geologist, librettist and adventurer in sound and music, was the first person to own a ‘computer’ at home long before the modern PC or Mac. He helped to design and build the acclaimed VCS and Synthi series, which have now become the stuff of legend and the dream of collectors.

Peter was a very energetic person who eagerly jumped into any new project, be it geological research, creating the first synthesiser, composing electronic music, cooking his Russian nanny’s recipes or gardening.

CamRuSS has welcomed Dr Zinovieff twice: in June 2015 we held the talk “My Russian Roots & Childhood Memories” where Peter talked about his unusual upbringing by his grandparents during World War II (his lineage traces back to Catherine the Great and Yury Dolgorouky, the founder of Moscow), while his daughter Sofka presented her book “The Red Princess” about Peter’s mother Sofka, née Princess Sophia Dolgorouky; another talk, called “Another World of Music” was held more recently, in January 2019.

You may read Peter’s obituary in The Guardian, The Times, and The Telegraph.

Peter will be greatly missed. At these sad times, our thoughts are with Peter’s family.

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John Barber (1944-2021) Memorial Page

John Barber (January 2017)

With great sadness we inform you of the death of CamRuSS Honorary Adviser and long-standing supporter of CamRuSS, John Barber (1944 – 2021) on Saturday, 26 June at his home in Cambridge.

A distinguished scholar in Russian history and politics, he shared a passion for every aspect of Russian culture, from its language – which he mastered to perfection – to its culinary traditions.

A man of many talents, he loved music and song which he practised with CUMS, King’s Voices and latterly the St Botolph’s choir. John was an active contributor in Russian poetry classes and was a member of Parkrun for several years, among other endeavours.

John joined CamRuSS in the first years of its conception as an informal voluntary group and supported its development and growth throughout the years. He delivered talks, helped with organising lectures and film festivals and became one of the key organisers behind the ‘Elena Marttila: Art and Endurance in the Siege of Leningrad’ exhibition and series of events exploring the history and culture of the period in 2017, which he opened with his seminal talk “The Hungry Winter of 1941-42”. His last lecture for CamRuSS was in September 2020 “Operation Barbarossa: The Turning Point of WWII”.

He was a man of big heart and sharp wit. Erudite and diplomatic, he was at the core of our community and will be greatly missed by us all.

Our thoughts are with John’s family.

The family asks for any donations to be made to the Arthur Rank Hospice or Wood Green Animals Charity via Peasgood and Skeates.

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Upcoming publication of Teffi, Other Worlds: Peasants, Pilgrims, Spirits, Saints (Pushkin Press, 2021)


Teffi, Other Worlds: Peasants, Pilgrims, Spirits, Saints (Pushkin Press, 2021)

Teffi, Other Worlds: Peasants, Pilgrims, Spirits, Saints (Pushkin Press, 2021) translated by Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler, Sara Jolly, Nicolas Slater and others, will be published on 26 August 2021.

Please read Robert Chandler’s introduction to the book, and two extracts from the latest collection of stories by Teffi published by the Moscow Times. 

Here is a video of the discussion of this publication with Robert Chandler and Taisia Kitaiskaia.

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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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