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.
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.
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.
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.
The Perm Association held its annual garden 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.
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'.
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
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
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
The Oxford Perm Associaton's annual garden party
photo: Thomas Nicolaou
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
'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.
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
The signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Vice Chancellor of Oxford university and the rector of Perm university.
photo: Thomas Nicolaou