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Scotland-Russia News Round-Up
24 October: A Presidential Ukaz announced the award of the Pushkin Medal to SRF Vice-President Dairmid Gunn and to Scots banker Sir Angus Grossart: http://pravo.gov.ru/laws/acts/84/535756.html [NB Lt Cmdr Gunn is not SRF vice-chairman, as in the Ukaz, but an Hon. Vice-President], Herald (31.10.2018), Times (1.11.2018). Medal awarded to Sir Angus by Putin on 4 Nov Tass/Getty Images, en.kremlin.ru, www.rusemb.org.uk/video/370.
8 October: Edinburgh University and Sputnik feature in updated Institute of Modern Russia report Hybrid Analytica: Pro-Kremlin Expert Propaganda in Moscow, Europe and the U.S.: A Case Study on Think Tanks and Universities.
12 September: SRF e-bulletin. SRF
7 September: SNP MP Angus Neil will continue to appear on RT. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-45445848
6 September: Ian Blackford, the SNP's leader at Westminster, has called for stronger action against Russia in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-45432713
5 September: Oliver Bullough: How the super-rich used Scotland to subvert democracy https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/oliver-bullough-how-super-rich-used-scotland-to-subvert-democracy-1-4794892
25 August: Alex Salmond will continue to present his RT show https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-scotsman/20180825/281625306161509
18 August: Pussy Riot at the Edinburgh Book Festival (and Summerhall) in August https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/news/freedom-is-your-own-feeling-of-fighting-for-yourself-says-pussy-riot-s-maria-alyokhina
7 August: SRF e-bulletin. SRF
20 July: More on the role of Scottish SLPs in corruption in FSU countries. Herald
14 June: SRF bulletin. SRF.
14 June: SRF magazine, the FORUM, summer issue, no.39. SRF.
June: Scottish court turns down Russian extradition request for Alexander Shapovalov. Court proceedings (interim), Court proceedings - judgement, Stopfake, Daily Record.
22 May: Serov's portrait of Tsar Nicholas II in the uniform of the Royal Scots Greys is on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland for 3 years. Edinburgh Reporter, Russian Art & Culture
22 April: Russkiy Mir's £1/4m financial contribution to Edinburgh University. Sunday Herald, Herald
14 April: "Moscow's Scottish links". Times
22 March: UK plans to ban SLPs. Herald
18, 25 March: Edinburgh University under pressure from politicians to cut links with Russkiy Mir. Herald, Sunday Post
20 March: Holodomor debate, Scottish Parliament.
20 March: SRF news bulletin 20.3.2018. SRF
18 March: "Our organisation has a reputation problem" (Sputnik Editor in Edinburgh) Herald
14 March: Motion to the Scottish Parliament about Russian backed media outlets. Scottish Parliament Motion S5M-11018 .
14 March: Statement from the SRF chair on the nerve agent attack. SRF
26 February: SRF news bulletin 26.2.2018. SRF
26 February: Syrian protest outside the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh. Scotsman
21, 22 February: More controversy about Sputnik UK's Scottish HQ - new editor, membership of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. Scotsman, Herald.
30 January 2018: "The Real Reason 'The Death Of Stalin' Touched A Nerve" (about the ban on Scottish director Iannucci's "The Death of Stalin" in Russia).RFERL, RFERL 2 Feb
26 January 2018: SRF magazine, the FORUM, winter issue. SRF
19 January 2018: SRF news bulletin 19 Jan. SRF
7 January 2018: Scottish SLPs contd - the laundering of funds from Yanukovich and others. Al Jazeera, Sunday Herald.
13,14 December 2017: Russian internet trolling on Scottish independence in 2014. Guardian, Herald.
7 December 2017: Russian company TechnoNICOL has invested c£50m in Stirling company Superglass since acquiring them in 2016. BBC.
1 December 2017: SRF news bulletin.
20 November 2017: Almost 400,000 Twitter messages about Scottish independence were posted by fake accounts, most believed to be Russian. Herald, Times.
10 November 2017: Kilmarnock, formerly twinned with Sukhumi and retaining a friendship link, is persuaded to remove a memorial to the dead of the war in 1992-3 because it bears the flag of the breakaway Abkhaz Republic, recognised and supported by Russia. DFWatch, STV News 14 Nov. 30 Nov Press release from East Ayrshire Council.
6 November 2017: The Scottish connections of George Papadopoulos’s mysterious London professor Joseph Mifsud.
28 October 2017: SFR news bulletin
28 September 2017: SRF news bulletin
27 September 2017: Publication of issue 37 of the SRF magazine, the FORUM.
19 September 2017: Russian Arctic Convoys Museum Project (RACMP) newsletter - reports on their summer of activities.
14-17 September 2017: Glasgow University Russian Dept. celebrates its centenary / conference
13 September 2017: Aberdeen businessman convicted of fraudulent salmon sales to Russia (The Fish Site, Aberdeen Evening Express, Press and Journal)
4 September 2017: The Scottish firms that let money flow from Azerbaijan to the UK (Guardian)
31 August 2017: SRF news bulletin.
27,28 August 2017: Exposed: the Scottish firms busting sanctions for Russia (Herald); How a Scots council house was secret base for criminals busting Putin sanctions (Herald)
7 August 2017: Russian Laundromat Investigation Targets Royal Bank of Scotland (OCCRP)
August, October 2017: Russia-related events at the summer and autumn 2017 Edinburgh festivals
20 July 2017: Scottish Economics Minister meets Russian Consul General to discuss a permanent Scottish Government-funded trade hub in Russia and business in Kaluga. Human rights issues not raised (STV News)
20 July 2017: CGG donates full software suite to Heriot-Watt's Petroleum Learning Center in Russia (World Oil)
20 July 2017: 19C Fife artist Christina Robertson and her success in Russia (Fife Today)
13 July 2017: Russian envoy mocks Royal Navy's Faslane as not worth spying on (Herald)
3 July 2017: Lorraine Bacchus interviewed Russian artist Genadii Gogoliuk who lives in Edinburgh.
9 June 2017: SRF news bulletin