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1. MICHAEL (MISHA) FRASER (1938-2021)
SRF members will be sad to learn of the recent death of Michael (Misha) Fraser. Born in India of a Scottish father and a Russian mother, Michael and his twin brother moved to Scotland at the age of five. Michael kept up his interest in all things Russian throughout his life and he will be sadly missed by many SRF members. A fuller obituary will appear in the next issue of "Forum". Sincerest sympathy is sent to Michael's widow, Jennifer, and to his family.
2. RESIDENTIAL RUSSIAN SUMMER SCHOOL IN CAMBRIDGE IN AUGUST
MONDAY AUGUST 2nd - FRIDAY AUGUST 8th.
Tanya Yurasova has sent information about the Residential Russian Summer School which will take place in August in Cambridge at Girton College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB 3 OJG. "This year our course is face-to-face with all the sensible precautions..." For more details please see:
You can also contact Tanya on her e-mail - (please see 11 below) or telephone her at
Please note too that places are being offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Feedback from last year's course is excellent.
3. "CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS" - AUTUMN/WINTER 2021
The SRF series "Cultural Conversations" will resume again in the autumn. SRF members will receive notification by e-mail and information will also be placed here.
4. RUSSO-SCOTTISH MUSICAL CONNECTIONS...
It is planned to invite Dr Svetlana Zvereva to repeat her moving, informative and beautiful presentation in the autumn/winter. Members who missed her earlier talk can discover a "history" of the Russian community in Scotland through music; this presentation was, in addition, a wonderful tribute to the life and work of Dr Zvereva's late husband, Dr Stuart Campbell. (Many SRF members will remember him). This talk also provided a history of the Russo-Scottish Choir they had founded together and there were many short video clips of performances of the Choir, including the Russian Children's Choir. We thank Dr Zvereva most sincerely for all the time spent and effort made to prepare this talk and it is hoped that more members will have the chance to hear it later in the year.
5. "DREAMING ABOUT WORDS: POETRY WITH VOLHA HAPEYEVA"
On SATURDAY JUNE 19th award-winning translator Annie Rutherford interviewed the Belarusian poet Volha Hapeyeva as part of the SRF "Cultural Conversations" series. This was a wonderful occasion - a chance to listen to a young poetess, now living in Germany, talk about her work and to hear poems read in the original Belarusian and in their English translations. Annie Rutherford answered many useful questions about the "problems" facing translators of poetry and she shared the following link for SRF members:
Volha's Website: https://hapeyeva.org/
6. "CHEKHOV IN SCOTLAND" SRF SYMPOSIUM - SEPTEMBER 29th, 2021
Thanks to the sterling efforts of SRF Trustee Tom Hubbard, plans are now well under way for the SRF Symposium "Chekhov in Scotland" which will be held on September 29th 2021 from 18.30-21.30 . This will be a zoom event and more details will be sent out by e-mail to SRF members and also placed here.
7. EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2021
Miroslava Bronnikova , the first Russian (and non-British) Director of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, reports that there is still "some small hope" of a live Russian event later in the summer...SRF Members will be informed and details will be posted here.
8. SRF POSTAL ADDRESS
For the foreseeable future please do not use the CEES postal address for any SRF communications as the CEES buildings are still closed. Thank you - please e-mail us instead.
9. NAVAL DESTROYERS
Frank Donald has sent us in a link so that members can access fascinating information about naval destroyers. Please see :
If you would more information about this, please send a message to the SRF e-mail address and this can be forwarded to Frank. Frank has recently updated this information so please contact him via the SRF e-mail address.
10."RUSSIA FOR KIDS"
Jenny Carr has shared her beautiful website with members. Please see:
She will be adding to this so do keep looking! A lot of members have already enjoyed this.
11. SRF TRIP TO RUSSIA JUNE 2022
SRF Trustees Jennifer Scarce and Peter Harvey have had recent meetings with Edinburgh Travel Agents and they will be updating members in the near future about the trip. Please watch this space!
12. RUSSIAN COURSES ON LINE
Tanya Yurasova is offering Russian Courses on line. Please see:
tancam.uk/russian-course or e-mail her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: https://tancam.uk/russian
13. "CONVERSATIONS WITH DOSTOEVSKY"...
Dostoevsky scholar, George Pattison, has kindly shared his new Project with SRF. He has also agreed to take part in the "Cultural Conversations" series in the autumn. Meantime, please see his work at:
14. "RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVES ON ADVERTISING"
Dr Alexandra Smith of Edinburgh University very kindly shared a link to her recent lecture entitled "Russian Perspectives on Advertising" :
15. GERGIEV AT EIF 2021...
Please consult the current on-line version of the EIF programme for confirmation of the days and times of Valerii Gergiev's concerts at EIF 2021 . As SRF members know, Gergiev has been a frequent visitor to EIF over many years and he has a long-standing cultural link with the city of Edinburgh...
16. RUSSIAN FILMS AT EDINBURGH "FILMHOUSE" CINEMA...
SRF Trustee Jennifer Scarce notes that 2 Russian films have already been shown at the Filmhouse Cinema, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, "Dear Comrades" and "State Funeral". Please do consult the programme on a regular basis for any future Russian events/films and we will try to post any details HERE...
17. "CHAI AND CHAT"- NEW SESSION! ALL WELCOME, ESPECIALLY NATIVE RUSSIANS!
The first meeting of this popular SRF "activity" will take place on THURSDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER at 11am in the EDINBURGH QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, 7 VICTORIA STREET, EH1 2JL in the BOWER ROOM, ground floor. Duration 11.00-13.00. Tea/ coffee and biscuits will be available (subject to health rules at that time) at a cost of £1.20 per person. All welcome and especially native Russians!! Thanks to SRF Treasurer Peter Harvey for organising this!
18. FUTURE SPEAKERS
Please do send in any suggestions for future speakers or events - your ideas are most welcome! Thank you.