This is going to be an intersting illustrated talk by Natasha Dissanayake, author of the book Russian Destinies in London which will also be presented at the event. Natasha traces Russian presence and Russian influence on the British Isles since 16th century and up to our present days.
This book (and talk) are the results of the decade of painstaking research on the subject. Without exaggeration, one could probably call it the encyclopaedia of Russian life in the UK. Among the Russians living in the UK across centuries were members of the Russian Imperial family, aristocrats, revolutionaries, rebels, philosophers, writers and scientists, musicians and artists, diplomats and clergymen, artists, athletes and soldiers. Some are well-known, some still remain in obscurity.
Among these Russians were the godfather of Queen Victoria, a dancer who became an undying symbol of ballet, a diplomat who led the Parliament to adopt the Diplomatic Integrity Act, the first woman as the President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, two prisoners in Brixton prison, who later became ministers in their homeland; And an “iron woman” who conquered the hearts of two outstanding writers of the 20th century.
Natalia Dissanayake was born and lived in Moscow. She worked as a teacher of Russian language and literature and later as an editor at the publishing house “Progress”. Since 1972 she has been living in London. Since 1988 – Member of the British Guild of Registered Tourist Guides (Blue Badge) and the Institute of Tourist Guides.