Cambridge University Russian Society (CURS) was originally founded in the early 1920's by the novelist Vladimir Nabokov. It was known as the Slavonic Society.

Our society is run and organised by an elected committee of students with an interest in Russia, its people, literature and culture. We welcome non-Russian speakers, as most of our events are bilingual. We engage our members by meeting weekly for a conversational evening, organise talks with incredible speakers, plan many eventful evenings and annual parties.

2016 was a year of tremendous change and a real renaissance for CURS. We are now pleased to announce our redesigned membership cards, the release of our new website and facebook page as well as numerous other exciting additions to the society.


Previous Committee Members


Mondays: ЧГК Evenings
Wednesdays: Film Evenings
Thursdays: Conversational Evenings


Previous Guests

Vladimir Pozner

Journalist, Writer

Irina Prokhorova

Historian, Activist

Mikhail Zhvanetskiy

Comedian, Writer

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Pianist, Conductor

Diana Arbenina

Musician, Singer

Andrei Konchalovskiy

Director, Producer

Marlen Khutsiev

Filmmaker, Actor

Boris Grebenschikov

Singer, Musician

Roger Munnings

CBE, Businessman

Alexander Yakovenko

Politician, Diplomat

Dmitry Bykov

Writer, Journalist

Leonid Parfyonov

Journalist, Presenter

Vladimir Bukovsky

Writer, Activist

Yana Toom

MEP, Politician

Ruslan Dzarasov

Economist, Author

Irina Kirillova

MBE, Lecturer

Mikhail Segal

Film Director, Writer

Alexander Buzgalin

Professor, Academic

Dmitri Zimin

Businessman, Academic

Lyova Bi-2

Singer, Musician

Shura Bi-2

Singer, Musician

Tony Brenton

Former British Ambassador to Russia



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