Dreaming of Russia in Sochi

Dr Polly McMichael, lecturer in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, gives some first impressions of the opening ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics, and considers how it played to global and Russian television audiences. At 20:14 Moscow Time on Friday 7 February the worldwide live broadcast of the opening ceremony for the Sochi …

Anthems of Slovenia (Part One): A Toast to Translation – France Prešeren’s Zdravljica

In the first of a two-part series, and to mark the Slovene Cultural Holiday, Dr David Denton from the Department of Russian & Slavonic Studies introduces us to the National Anthem of Slovenia and its writer, France Prešeren. Prešeren Day, the Slovene Cultural Holiday (Prešernov dan, slovenski kulturni praznik), is a public holiday celebrated in …

Пусть начнутся Игры!

On February 7 the 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games begin in Sochi in southern Russia with alpine events to be held in the Mountain Cluster of venues in the resort of Krasnaya Polyana some 50 kilometres from the Coastal Cluster where six spectacular stadia have been constructed at massive expense. This is the most prestigious …

Final sneak peak: Windows on Russia

The eagerly-anticipated book ‘Windows on Russia and Eastern Europe’, written by Nottingham alumni, finally launches on 26 October! In our final sneak peak before the launch, Rod Thornton describes his experience as part of a British army contingent sent to protect fuel supplies in Bosnia… We arrived at the Egyptian barracks in the middle of …

More Windows on Russia and Eastern Europe

In our latest sneak peek of the forthcoming book ‘Windows on Russia and Eastern Europe’, written by Nottingham alumni, we hear from Daniel Vowles, who worked in the Soviet Union at the fall of the Berlin Wall. Doing business was chaotic to say the least…  My next “dream” posting was to Kaliningrad. I have to admit …

Windows on War: An Online Poster Exhibition

In 1969 as part of the legacy of Vivian de Sola Pinto (formerly Professor of English) the University acquired a rare collection of Soviet posters from WWII. These posters were hand-made almost every day during  the war to keep the population abreast of progress, to maintain morale and attack the enemy.  Yes, they are propaganda, …

Klop: a new student production in Russian

It has been many months in the making, but the countdown is finally being marked in days. Back at the beginning of term, a small group of postgraduates in Russian and Slavonic Studies, led by Jesse Gardiner and Laura Todd, met with a group of undergraduate Russian students in the hope of recruiting them for …

Windows on Russia and Eastern Europe

Written by graduates of the University of Nottingham’s Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, the forthcoming book Windows on Russia and Eastern Europe sheds light on how the Communist-controlled lands of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe evolved from Stalinism to Gorbachev’s perestroika to the robber baron days of the 1990s and finally to today’s uneasy mix of …