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Monthly Newsletter - August 2014

Table of Contents

1) Russian language: The Russian cases

2) The Russian Art of Writing


3) Mariinsky Opera

4) Feedback of the "Doing Business in Russia" event


Russian language: The Russian cases



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The Russian Art of Writing



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Russian authors and poets are well known all around the world for the cultural value they have provided and have received numerous awards and five Nobel Prizes in Literature. It does not come as a surprise to hear that last year Russia published the fourth largest amount of books in the world.


In one of our past newsletters we already mentioned the influence of Peter the Great on Russia, not only did he westernise Russia, but furthermore he also modernised literature in Russia with the intent to advance the Russian language.


Not long after that and Russian literature experienced what is commonly referred as the Golden Age. This was also the time when Alexander Pushkin set his mark. Pushkin, born 1799 into a wealthy family, attended an elitist Lycée in Russia and was fluent in French. It is said that he rather focused on sports than learning. Nevertheless his talent for poetry was quickly discovered and praised and Russia’s most famous poet at Pushkin’s time - Gavriil Derzhavin – showed admiration for his work.


No doubt Pushkin’s poems are widely enjoyed even today, but we should not forget that also Leo Tolstoy was one of Russia’s greatest writers, especially War and Peace and Anna Karenina had their world-wide impact and are still read with admiration in many languages. As it’s the case with most books: Read in the original language, books usually feel better, or let’s say more authentic. If your Russian is advanced it can be very interesting from a cultural point of view to read the books and furthermore you are practicing your Russian skills. If you’d rather prefer English – that is fine, but either way you should consider reading the following Russian books:

Aleksandr Pushkin - poems

Nikolai Gogol - Dead Souls (1842)

Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace (1863-1869) (It’s a very thick volume!); Anna Karenina (1875-1877) (or consider also watching the ballet or movie version)

Anton Chekhov – we recommend reading his short stories

Fyodor Dostoevsky – Crime and Punishment (1867)


That is only to name some of them, of course there are many more and as I already mentioned: Russia is actively publishing new books and there are also modern writers, Boris Akunin for example. Simply explore and enjoy the variety!


Newest Events


"Mariinsky Opera": Russian Music, Russian Soul


Mariinsky Opera

When? Between 3rd and 5th November, 2014 at the Barbican Centre


The masterful Valery Gergiev brings his "Mariinsky Opera" to the Barbican, showcasing Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, the ultimate Russian Nationalist epic, and the UK premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s The Left-Hander, based on a famous satirical fable about Russia’s relationship with the West.


For more information and to book tickets please click here



Feedback of "Doing Business in Russia"


Doing business in Russia Ignaty Dyakov


We are very pleased to have received the following feedback from the participants of the July 'Doing Business in Russia' seminar at City Business Library in London. We hope to run a similar event towards the end of the year.

· “I am now more confident in opportunities and possibilities of doing business in Russia.”
· “Very informative and saturated with good examples of real business cases.”
· “Good and useful introductory tour d’horizon. Valuable networking opportunities.”
· “Extremely informative and helpful.”
· “I got more than I was expecting.”
· “Valuable information and interesting insights.”
· (Rated excellent) “Because the presenters all delivered an overview of positivity doing business through perceived adversity.”
· “Very nice introduction. Would be nice to have follow-up workshops for intermediate and then advanced levels of interest.”
· “Very informative and clear.”
· “Enthusiastic/ informative, kept to time.”
· “Good speakers, very informative.”
· “Very informative.”
· “Informative, entertaining. Positive tone.”
· “Informative, good advice on doing business in Russia.”




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