Eleanor Hemming is studying for a BA in Russian Studies and History at The University of Edinburgh. Currently she is studying and living abroad in St Petersburg, and recently she has also spent time studying in Kazan. Eleanor has a keen interest in the arts, particularly in music and literature. As well as improving her Russian language skills, Eleanor has enjoyed being able to develop her knowledge and interest in Russian culture in both St Petersburg and Kazan. In her spare time, Eleanor writes a blog on life and her cultural findings in Russia, contributes on Russian history to Retrospect, the Edinburgh University History Journal, and is an active member of many musical ensembles within the UK as well as in Russia, where she performed as a member of the Kazan Federal University Choir.