Cambridge University Russian Society (CURS) was originally founded in the early 1920's, perhaps earlier. 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.

Under Ilya's presidency, 2016 was a year of tremendous change and a real renaissance for CURS. We were 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 like an official visitors book. Sasha will be leading CURS into the exciting and highly anticipated 2017! See you all at our events.


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


CURussianSociety has many partners, if you would like to work with us or run an event with us please contact us on the form at the bottom of the page.

Partner Events Coming Up!


We are actively looking for Sponsors for CURussianSociety, if you would like to Sponsor us or run an event with our help please contact us on the form at the bottom of the page.

Previous Sponsor Events!

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