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What would Fyodor tell us over the cup of coffee in the 21st century?

Feb 2, 2013   //   by Milena   //   Blog, Events, Upcoming Events  //  No Comments

Disclaimer: this article is the outcome of the vivid phone conversation I had with my best friend, a great believer in Dostoevsky’s legacy for the 21st century. It started with, ”Let’s write together about Fyodor’s universal values that matter on the basis of what we read and analyzed.”  However, an initial inspiration for this article is the talk that Irina Arsenievna Kirillova, a Professor of Russian Studies in the University of Cambridge, will give on Dostoevsky’s novel ”The Demons” which CURS organises on 7 Feb. In the same way as all great pieces of literature are beyond the times when they were created, so are the questions of humanity and friendships that started 20+ years ago, which keep us interested forever.



Feb 20, 2012   //   by secretary   //   Blog, Events, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events  //  No Comments

Get ready for the biggest VODKA PARTY Cambridge has ever seen!!! It’s the perfect way to celebrate the end of Lent term and say: ”Cheers!” to what is yet to come!!! It’s the perfect way to greet the long weekend and spring awakening! Expect finest vodkas and traditional drinks from more than 10 countries, with authentic food, dancing, lottery and many fun games. Join us for the entire night OR drop by on your next pubcrawl station. As real Cambridge pirates, we will travel ’round the world with club tunes and especially explore from the Baltic Sea to the Danube. 

In following the Vodka Party tradition, we planned the event details since November and were asked about it since the last March party! :) Guests from London and around the UK have already saved the date! Follow the event on this Facebook page and

WHEN: Friday, 16 March 2012; 19:00 until 23:00
WHERE: Centre at St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP
See you there and bring your friends! 

Entry fees: £5 for members of CURS and other participating societies. £6 for everyone else (you get around ~4 shots of vodka included and you can buy extra when you feel you need more.

Participating societies to welcome you: CU Russian, Ukrainian, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Romanian, Polish and Scandinavian



10th Anniversary of the Cambridge University Russian Society

Nov 17, 2011   //   by secretary   //   Blog, Upcoming Events  //  No Comments

Info: organised by us

When: 26 Nov 2011 from 3:00 PM until 11:00 PM

Where: St John’s College, Cambridge,

What makes CURS who we are? Our members, of course!

That’s why our brand new executive committee would love to see many of you on 26th November in Old Music Room, St. John’s College. As always, it’s a great opportunity for you to meet old friends and make new ones. You think you know everyone in the Cambridge bubble? Guess what – we will be joined by the founding members and members of the past committees who have made it out in the big world!

3-6pm, Old Music Room, St. John’s College. Delight your palate with cakes and sweets (sladkoe chaepitie) and meet previous committees’ members.

6-9pm, Old Combination Room, Trinity College. Immerse in the atmosphere of captivating live jazz with AJ Projekt. Their unique new programme specially devised for CURS consists of witty jazz versions of popular soviet film and animation tunes along with some easy-listening jazz standards and unusual arrangements of famous rock and pop songs.


Refreshments will be served from 6pm and the music will start at 7pm.

Places are limited so please come early to avoid disappointment!  The entrance fee for the concert is ?5 for CURS members/?6 otherwise.  The dress code is smart.

As the evening unravels, we will present you the marvel of instrumental jazz!

Intrigued? Then read on.

AJ Projekt is a London-born guitar and piano duo of Russian-born

musicians, Andrey and Jake, who blend the art of captivating
instrumental jazz to perfection with their sophisticated jazz
standards renditions and elegant jazzy arrangements of popular songs.
A versatile pianist and creative guitar player, Andrey and Jake blend
jazz and rock, pop and disco- all done with outstanding musicianship
and impeccable taste! They have widely performed in their native
Russia and have already established themselves on the London scene,
both as solo performers and as part of the jazz-funk outfit, “Green
Tea”, having played in such venues around the city as LSE, Elixir Bar,
Bull’s Head in Barnes, Con Cellar Bar and others to great critical

On Saturday, 26th of November, AJ Projekt will present a unique new
programme specially devised for the Cambridge University Russian
Society consisting of witty jazz versions of popular soviet film and
animation tunes including “Bu-ra-ti-no!” and “Prekrasnoe daleko” along
with some easy-listening jazz standards and unusual arrangements of
famous rock and pop songs – a night not to miss!

For updates go to!/event.php?eid=123796311064092

Yours, CURS


Russian Theatre and Russian Actors on the British Stage: A Conversation with Declan Donnellan

Oct 19, 2011   //   by secretary   //   Blog, Events, Upcoming Events  //  No Comments

The Seventh Professor Dame Elizabeth Hill Memorial Lecture

Winstanley Theatre, Trinity College

Thursday, 20th October 2011, 5:30-7:00pm

Declan Donnellan is joint founder of Cheek by Jowl with Nick Ormerod, and joint Artistic Director of the Company. Cheek by Jowl was described by The Independent in 1990 as the company to have had the most significant influence on British Theatre in the 1980s. The company has been Artistic Associate at the Barbican Theatre London since 2006.

Donnellan’s unique relationship with Russia goes back over twenty five years. He has adapted Russian plays (The Mandate by Erdman and Masquerade by Lermontov) for the British stage. He has also directed The Winter’s Tale for the Malyi Theatre of St Petersburg and Romeo and Juliet for the Bolshoi Ballet. In 1999, the Russian Theatre Foundation invited him to form a Moscow counterpart to Cheek By Jowl. This company’s Russian-language productions of Twelfth Night, Boris Godunov, Three Sisters and The Tempest now represent Russia at major International festivals and have enjoyed significant critical acclaim. Donnellan’s book The Actor and The Target was first published in Russian and has since appeared in over a dozen languages.

Declan will be discussing his experiences of working in Russia, and with Russian actors; he will also talk about the place of Russian drama in the London/UK theatre repertoire, and its meanings for British audiences.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a wine reception.

Dmitry Bykov in Cambridge – 12 and 13 October!

Oct 3, 2011   //   by councillor   //   Blog, Events, Upcoming Events  //  No Comments
Dear Friends,

Cambridge University Russian Society together with the Department of Slavonic Studies of Cambridge University are delighted to invite you to two events with renowned Russian intellectual, writer, poet and journalist Dmitry Bykov:

Wednesday 12 October - Poetry Evening
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM,
Venue: Old Music Room, St. John’s College, St’ John’s Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TP
Entrance: free
Thursday 13 October – “20 years after USSR: Russian society and Russian literature”.  Talk and a Q&A session. The conversation will be chaired by Dr Rachel Polonsky.
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Venue: Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Trinity Street, Cambridge (To reach Winstanley Theatre, turn into Whewell’s Court from Trinity Street. Turn right immediately after the first arch and climb the stone stairs. At the top of the stairs, follow the path round the ziggurat-like Wolfson building, leaving it to your left. Then turn right into Blue Boar Court. The Winstanley Lecture Theatre is on the east side of the Court).
Entrance: free
The talk will be followed by a reception with wine and nibbles.
Language: English and Russian

Being one of the most prolific modern Russian writers, in recent years Dmitry Bykov has gained some recognition for his biography of Boris Pasternak, published in 2005. The biography broke with prior works in its account of Doctor Zhivago, and it earned Bykov the 2006 National Bestseller (NatsBest) and Great Book (Большая Книга) awards. He later wrote biographies of Maksim Gorky and Bulat Okudzhava. In 2011, National Bestseller Award was again given to Dmitry Bykov for his novel “Ostromov, or the Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” set in the 1920s Leningrad.

As a journalist and critic, Bykov has been writing for the magazine Ogoniok since 1993. He has also periodically run a show on the radio station Echo of Moscow, running at least until early 2008. Earlier, he was one of the hosts of an influential TV show Vremechko.

In 2011, online video project “Poet i grazhdanin” (“A poet and a citizen”), later renamed as “Grazhdanin poet”, created by Dmitry Bykov and actor Mikhail Efremov, has become increasingly popular among the Internet users, further expanding into radio and press.

See you on 12 and 13 October!

With best wishes,

CURS team

McKinsey & Company Presentation & cocktail evening

Sep 20, 2011   //   by secretary   //   Blog, Events, Upcoming Events  //  No Comments

Dear Sir or Madam,


McKinsey & Company is a global partnership with over 8,000 consultants in more than 90 offices and over 50 countries. At McKinsey, we help world-leading clients in the public, private and third sector to meet their biggest strategic, operational and organisational challenges.


As a consultant in our firm, you have the opportunity to work with colleagues and clients from all around the world. You come into contact with CEOs, government leaders and the foremost charitable organisations, and work together with them on their most exciting and challenging issues. And you will build core skills that will serve you well throughout your professional career, whether that be in the business sphere, the non-profit sphere, the public sphere – or a combination of all three.


If you would like to find out more about opportunities in Moscow and are fluent in Russian, we would encourage you to attend our McKinsey Moscow office presentation & cocktail evening.


Date & time: Friday 30 September, 7pm


Venue: One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA (


Dress code: Business casual


During the presentation you will have the opportunity to meet our senior consultants and ask them about their McKinsey experience, the types of client studies we do in the Moscow office, our approach to work, and anything else you would like to know about McKinsey or management consulting in general. We will also outline career opportunities at McKinsey and the recruitment process. Please be informed that the presentation will be delivered in the Russian language.


Please register your attendance by 26 September


We hope you can join us and look forward to meeting you!


Kind regards,


McKinsey Moscow/Kiev office Recruiting Team

Garden Party June 26th (reserve places)

Jun 17, 2011   //   by Administrator   //   Blog, Events, Upcoming Events  //  No Comments

Cambridge University Russian Society would like to invite you to our marvelous Garden Party.

When: 26 Jun 2011 from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Where: Wolfson College, Barton Road, CB3 9BB

We have a limited number of 30 spaces so you must place a reservation through our web site ) in order to attend. Once you have done that it is important that you send your cash/cheques to Sergey Sitnikov, B4 Burrell’s Field, Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DH immediately. Your reservation will be cancelled unless we receive the money within 5 working days from the placement of your reservation. 

The cost of the ticket is £10.

This is going to be our best garden party so don’t miss out and be quick to reserve your spaces!

• Salmon and Dill Bouchees
• Rye Bread with Smoked Salmon
• Little Quiches
• Dim Sum
• Mini Tartlets with Various Savoury Fillings
• Nuts and Crisps

• Russian Standard Vodka
• Champagne

• Live jazz music
• Authentic vintage Russian game “Gorodki”
• Beautiful garden
• Inside facilities if it rains

With best wishes,

CURS team


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