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2014 is the UK-Russia Year of Culture.   

Events listings:  Russia - ukrussia2014.ru; UK - thekompass.rbth.co.uk.

See also SRF "What's On".

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 will be posted on Ukraine2014.

Spring 2014 issue of the Scotland Russia Review
:  Full colour, packed with interesting articles (main theme: Year of Russian Culture in Scotland) and reviews.  Now online in Publications.  Members have received a copy in the post - available to others for £1p&p.  Contact us by mail, enclosing a cheque to the Scotland-Russia Forum, if you would like a copy.


Latest SRF News Bulletins: 12 March 2014, 12 February 2014, 19 January 2014


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

SRF Russian classes: details for the current term are available on Language Courses.

Lectureship in Russian, Univ of St Andrews. Deadline for applications 21 March 2014. Details.

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 joe@scotlandrussiaforum.org. 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 1486 / email info@scotlandrussiaforum.org

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). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WQNpkAz3hE&feature=youtu.be

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 http://rusemb.org.uk/activity/42. Русская версия: http://www.rus.rusemb.org.uk/activity/45

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 srfnews@scotlandrussiaforum.org

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: http://player.stv.tv/programmes/news-at-six-edinburgh-east/2011-09-20-1800/ (item starts at 14.22min).  Other reports included a BBC report and video of the Petitions Committee proceedings on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14981426, 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 www.into-russia.co.uk - 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??

Contact us on info@scotlandrussiaforum.org / 0131 560 1486 if you would like to help us with any of our activities