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2014 is the UK-Russia Year of Culture.   

Events listings:  Russia -; UK -

See also SRF "What's On".

Bramcote Press closing down sale: Details. All books available till 31 Dec 2014 only.

Russian in schools. Russian entries at Higher continue to rise (52 in 2014, of which 51 attained an award but the examinations will still stop in 2015.  An article in the Herald about this on 18.8.2014 led to a lot on interest (eg our Facebook item had >900 readers).  More detail in  statistics for language awards.  This includes information on the Languages for Life and Word awards which will be all that is left to Russian after 2015.

Ukraine. Struggling to make sense of events in the Ukraine we started to compile a short list of interesting articles etc from a variety of points of view - and would welcome suggestions of other sources of information which readers find useful.  Updates are posted on Ukraine2014.

Summer 2014 issue of the Scotland Russia Review
Download here.  The theme of this issue is "aspects of culture" with articles discussing the role of cultural exchange in international relations.  Contributors include our Hon. President, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Scotland, Andrei Pritsepov, Martin Dewhirst, Ian Mitchell and others.  Back copies of the Review are online in Publications.  If you would like a paper copy of the recent issue please Contact us by mail, enclosing a cheque for £1p&p to the Scotland-Russia Forum.

Latest SRF News Bulletins: 26 August 2014,30 July 2014, 21 July 2014, 17 June 2014.

What does the SRF do? Have a look at our interview with Summerhall TV January 2014.

SRF Russian classes: details for next term  will be available soon on Language Courses.

Charity News: (1) DniproKids - Scottish charity helping orphan children in Dnipropetrovsk. Latest news: July 2014 update, July 2014, June 2014, Jan 2014, April 2014. See also (2) Ecologia - Scottish charity working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Russia and elewhere. Latest news - Summer 2014. (3) BEARR - UK charity supporting Health and Welfare in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Latest news July 2014, June 2014.

Important new report on the state of Slavonic and East European Studies in UK higher education.  Author is Glasgow University's John Dunn. HEA April 2013. Download

Statue of Barclay de Tolly for Aberdeen? See article by Christopher Rae – The Press and Journal (North-East Edition, 21 May 2013). Download.

SRF gift to the Ukrainian club. To celebrate the recent refurbishment of the Ukrainian club the SRF donated an oil painting by a Ukrainian artist  to the club.  The painting shows a view of the Pecherskaya Lavra from the River Dniepr. Photo shows Ukrainian club chairman Michael Ostapko accepting the painting from the SRF’s Jenny Carr.

English Language Assistants in Russia: contact Joe Wake if you are interested in teaching English in a Russian university More information here.

Ambassador's visit to the Scotland-Russia Institute 29 Nov 2012.  Picture shows Mr Yakovenko reading a copy of the SRF Review.  He met our Vice President, Dairmid Gunn, members of the committee and young members.  He took a great interest in all aspects of our work and gave us some useful suggestions for future activities.  More photographs here.

Festival of Politics/SRF discussion on "UK-Russian relations today" - Scottish Parliament 25.8.12.  Panel: Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, Irina Demchenko (Novosti), Des McNulty (former MSP) and Sergei Krutikov (Russian Consul General, unable to attend), chairman Prof. Stephen White (Glasgow University). Short statements from all the panel here. Audio recording of discussion here.

SRF press cuttings 

Languages in Scottish schools: The  Scottish Government's "2+1" working party on language learning published its recommendations on 17 May: download report.  Recommendations incl. the inclusion of Russian in the curriculum.  Subsequent Parliamentary debate on language learning 24 May.

Volunteers needed!  We are a voluntary organisation, growing all the time, and that means more and more work for volunteers.  Get in touch and we can outline all the interesting (maybe career enhancing?) volunteer opportunities: phone Jenny on 0131 560 14860131 560 1486 / email

Bulgakov at the SRI: A very short extract from the brilliant magic show based on Bulgakov we put on in January 2012 – with Kevin McMahon as Voland, David Crosbie (Koroviev), Alexey Schellenberg (Begemot) and Dewi Wynne Jones (Bengalsky).

Award for SRF:  The Russian Embassy presented our chair, Jenny Carr, an award (Почётный знак Россотрудничества) for the SRF’s contribution to international cooperation. The presentation took place on Monday 16 January 2012 when John Swinney and other representatives of the Scottish Government met representatives of Russian companies at the Embassy and briefed them on the investment climate in Scotland. Phioto L-R: Russian Fisheries Minister Andrey Krayniy, Scottish Finance Minister John Swinney, SDI Moscow manager Yuri Andreev, the Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko and Jenny Carr.  See also Русская версия:

What do YOU think the SRF ought to be doing?  Please let us know here.  The more responses we get the more we know what you think!  Dowloadable MS Word version of the same survey here - please email your responses to

Ernst and Young survey (Sept 2011) shows that Russia is increasingly attractive to UK companies.

Tues 20 Sept 2011:  A petition urging support for lesser taught languages in universities was presented to Parliament by Sir Tom Stoppard.  A good crowd turned out in support and press coverage included an STV news report which also featured teacher Laszlo Novak and the Russian Consul General talking about the dire school situation: (item starts at 14.22min).  Other reports included a BBC report and video of the Petitions Committee proceedings on, a video and article on the Herald website, and articles in the Scotsman and Times

5% discount on all IntoRussia holidays booked through SRF.  You can browse online at - mention SRF when you book to get the discount.

Scottish school exams in Russian have been axed. We tried to muster support to stop this (see webpage) but all the powerful arguments there have fallen on deaf ears. Where do we go from here??

Edinburgh Festivals: Events at past Festivals are listed here - 2014

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