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JULY 2021

Garden party

Karen Hewitt hosted the annual Perm Association party in her garden.

Heather and Martin Haslett set up a second hand Russian book stall, the profits of which they donated to the Perm Association.

More photos from the party in our photo gallery here.

photo: Nina Kruglikova

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MAY 2021

Young dancers from Perm

Watch young dancers from Perm perform as part of the Oxford ‘Spring Awakening’ Global Dance project performed by dancers from Oxford’s twin cities. 

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APRIL 2021

Vadim Skovorodin

Vadim Skovorodin, editor of Business Class newspaper, received an official letter of thanks from the Mayor of Perm for his work on twinning especially with Oxford.




The AGM took place on zoom on 24th February. 

After the official business a talk was given by Mark Davies, an Oxford local historian who is on the committee of the Lewis Carroll society. The talk 'Lewis Carroll in Volgaland’ was about Carroll’s trip to Russia in the mid nineteenth century. 


MAY 2020

Victory Day

Please take a look at Contribution to Victory, an exhibition prepared in time for Victory Day in Russia. The virtual exhibition is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of victory in World War 2, focusing on the twin cities of Perm, Louisville and Oxford. 


MARCH 2020


The AGM was held in the Oxford Town Hall on 5th March. There was official business including reports and elections of officers, refreshments and socialising and a talk by Daria Baubakova, director of the Moscow branch of Nochlezka, a charity for the homeless.

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 Vadim Skovorodin talk

On 19th February Vadim Skovorodin, Editor of Business Class, an important print-and-website newspaper in Perm, gave a talk about journalism in Perm, civil society and local politics, and the consequences for Perm of the constitutional upheavals in the Russian Government.



Film screening

Russian documentary film maker Sergei Kachkin, originally from Perm, introduced and showed his film 'Perm-36: Reflexion' (2016). The film, about the former Gulag prison, includes interviews with former prisoners and reflects on both Soviet and modern Russian attitudes. The screening took place at St Antony’s College.



Talk by Richard Sills

Richard Sills, a former Newsletter editor for the Association, gave a talk at St. Anthony’s College on Anthony Jenkinson, the English sixteenth century explorer of Russia.  The talk was illustrated with detailed images of Jenkinson’s map. You can read more in the May 2020 newsletter

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Perm’s twin towns christmas trees

Members of the Perm Association made Christmas decorations which were sent to Perm.  Six Christmas trees at the Children’s Palace in Perm displayed decorations sent from the twin towns including Oxford. School children wrote letters to children in Perm’s twin towns which they put in boxes by the Christmas trees. The ones for Oxford will be sent to Cumnor school. More photos in the Perm gallery.



Mary Dejevsky talk

On 6th October Mary Dejevsky, Foreign Correspondent for The Independent and political commentator on Russia, gave a talk to the Oxford Perm Association entitled 'What is going on in Russia today?'. The talk was held in Rewley House.

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JULY 2019

Garden party

The Perm Association held its annual garden party.


MAY 2019

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Vodka party

A Vodka-tasting Party was held in May at the North Oxford Community Centre. A group of Russian visitors to Oxford brought their local vodkas. You can read May Wylie's description of the fun evening here in the May 2019 newsletter.

MARCH 2019



The AGM was held on 7th March at Oxford Town Hall. After official business and refreshments Sir David Madden, a former British diplomat, gave an entertaining talk on 'A diplomat in Moscow in the 1970s - observing the Soviet Union'.


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Party for visiting teachers from Perm

Six teachers from Perm State University visited Oxford for three weeks. See more photos of their visit here

photo: Andrei Khokhryakov


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Remembrance Sunday in Oxford

Andrei Khokhryakov (centre), a teacher from Perm University, preparing to lay a wreath on behalf of Perm at the war memorial in St. Giles.

photo: Martin Stott


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 Interview in Perm

On his visit to Perm, Marcus Ferrar was interviewed by Vadim Skovorodin, editor of the local “Business Class” newspaper. Read the interview here which was published in English on a Perm web site. 

photo: Evelina Ferrar



Visit to Perm

Eight OPA members spent two weeks in Perm as guests of Perm State University. This was the 29th annual visit from Oxford. Activities included a canoeing trip down the Silva River.

For more pictures see our Gallery 

photo: Marcus Ferrar


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Footballers from Perm

Oxford International Links and the Oxford Perm Association arranged for a boys' football team from Perm to come to Oxford for a two week football camp. 

photo: Diana Bell

JULY 2018


Garden Party

The Oxford Perm Associaton's annual garden party

photo: Thomas Nicolaou

JULY 2018


Chekhov's Gardens talk by Rosamund Bartlett with contributions from Anna Benn

The talk focused on the gardens Chekhov planted at Melikhovo and in Yalta discussing them in the context of his writing about the natural world. It also discussed the Anton Chekhov’s Garden project, launched in July with a show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (left) designed by Anna Benn and Hannah Gardner.

photo: Rosamund Bartlett

JUNE 2018

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'Russian Higher Education Today’

Members of the Oxford Perm Assocociation listened to a talk by Boris Proskurnin, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Perm State National Research University.


JUNE 2018

An OIL Twinning Promotion was held at Oxford town hall. Representatives attended from all the link groups including Susan Gregory, the Perm representative, who discussed Perm with visitors to her stall.

photo: Susan Gregory

MAY 2018

The signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Vice Chancellor of Oxford university and the rector of Perm university.

photo: Thomas Nicolaou