March 6, 2014
SLOVO,  5th Russian Literature Festival in London opens 8th March
SLOVO is returning to London in March 2014 for the fifth time!

From Pushkin to Pelevin, Dostoevsky to Bykov, Mayakovsky to Shishkin – literature has always been Russia’s calling card and writers have been its most important ambassadors. Their stories about their magnificent country, their insights into human nature,
February 27, 2014
'Crime and Punishment' / The translator, Oliver Ready, in conversation with Rachel Polonsky
Penguin Classics has published a new translation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, which is arguably the greatest Russian novel of all time. The novel "hinges on a murder scene of appalling violence and artistic brilliance, but what is the meaning of violence for Dostoevsky and his characters?" On Friday, March 7th Dr Oliver Ready, the translator of this exciting new edition, will be discussing the novel and the process involved in translating this classic. 
February 27, 2014
A group of British and Russian organisations turn young British heads eastwards
2London-based company, Russia Local Ltd, in a partnership with a number of British and Russian cultural, educational and business organisations as well as media has launched an exciting new project called Russia4Brits intended to spread knowledge Russia among British schoolchildren. In challenging popular misconceptions about Russia by means of British youth, the project aims to benefit the cause of Russo-British relations and international business and trade.
February 23, 2014
Mikhail Shishkin’s Public Lectures in London
Mikhail Shishkin is considered to be one of Russia's greatest contemporary writers. His first novel One Night Befalls Us All published in the Russian literary journal Znamia in 1993 was named “the best literary debut of the year”. Every next novel written by 
February 21, 2014
‘ANNA KARENINA’ and ‘RODIN’ in the London Coliseum
Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is one of the most well known pieces of Russian literature. It was described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless”, whilst another Russian writer Sergey Dovlatov admitted that Anna Karenina’s death at the end of the book was the worst thing that had ever happened to him.
February 18, 2014
Ozon is selling 20% of its shares
The largest Russian Internet holding is selling 20% of its shares for 150 million dollars.
As reported by Russian daily “Vedomosti”, Sistema JSFC and its subsidiary MTS, the leading telecommunications group in Russia and the CIS, are about to purchase 20% of shares of the holding. Present shareholders are not to be 
January 21, 2014
U.S. $ 5 million investment into Russian eBook platform
In October 2013 Russian leading eBook retailer LitRes secured a $ 5 million investment from the Investment Fund 'Russian Internet Technology' (RITF). The daily newspaper Kommersant reports that RITR received a “substantial stake in the company”, however the control over the company was retained by its owner, the Eksmo publisher.
January 9, 2014
Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin
Russian poet Eugene Evtushenko is known to coin a phrase that “In Russia, a poet is more than just a poet”. From its title to its highlights, the new documentary Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin reflects on this Evtushenko’s sentiment.

In the introduction to the documentary Stephen Fry, whose appearance amazingly resembles Anton Chekhov’s, hails the great Russian literary tradition and points out that it “changed the 
December 25, 2013
Andrei Ivanov's novel Hanuman's Journey to Lolland had it's first stage-performance at the Hamburg Thalia-Theatre (December 14, 2013) directed by the Estonian directors Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper. Sebastian Rudolph, Germany's "actor of the year 2012" takes part in the performance. 
December 10, 2013
Andrei Volos wins  2013 Russian Booker Prize for "Return to Panjrud"
By the verdict of three of the five members of the jury, Andrei Volos has won the 2013 Russian Booker Prize for his novel Return to Panjrud. The prize for the winner is 1.5 million rubles and each of the finalists will receive 150 thousand rubles. This year 82 novels out of the 87 nominated were accepted into the competition for the prize. Along with Return to Panjrud 
November 29, 2013
End of the year book celebration in Moscow
For the fifteenth time the Central House of Artists in Moscow opens its doors to greet participants and guests to the International Book Fair for High Quality Literature. From November 27th to December 1st, the fair with the nick name “Non-fiction Book Fair” will host exhibitors — publishers, book selling companies and service providers — from 15 countries. The list of countries includes Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden and the USA.
November 24, 2013
The Illuminer Book Prize announced winners of 2013
The nominees for this year’s long list included 25 non-fiction works, whilst the short-list had one less than usual: the prize jury decided to waver the fourth nomination in the category of the ‘Humanities’ as they considered that there were not enough works of outstanding quality for that category. 
November 21, 2013
80 years ago Ivan Bunin received The Nobel Prize in Literature
Ivan Bunin made history as the first Russian writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature "for the strict artistry with which he has carried on the classical Russian traditions in prose writing". The immediate basis for the award was the autobiographical novel The Life of Arseniev, which he wrote in 1933 in emigration.
November 19, 2013
UK-Russia Year of Culture Announced
On the 14th November the British Council and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that 2014 will see the biggest ever programme of UK cultural projects take place across Russia and an unprecedented showcase of Russian culture in the United Kingdom. 
November 5, 2013
Russian Literature Online has launched a YouTube channel
RLO has launched a programme “Book reviews and Interviews in 4 minutes” on YouTube. 
Monthly we will be posting video-reviews of Russian classics and contemporary literature in translation and video-recordings of readings by Russian authors and interpreters. We will also be talking to some of today's most prominent authors.  
October 31, 2013

A shortlist of the “NOS” Literary Prize for 2013 was announced during an open literary debate at the Krasnoyarsk Book Fair VII on October 31, 2013. The short-list includes nine entries:

October 25, 2013
‘Sergei Dovlatov’s Pushkin Hills (Zapovednik): The First Translation’
Those who are interested in Russian Literature are mostly welcome to join discussion and readings of a short novel by one of Russia’s most celebrated and wittiest authors of recent times, newly translated into English by his daughter, Katherine. 

A member of Leningrad’s unofficial literary circles in the 1960s and 1970s, Sergei Dovlatov (1941-1990) worked as a prison guard, a journalist and a tour guide in the “Pushkin Hills” estate-museum near Pskov before emigrating in 1978 to Vienna and then the US, where he published many important works of autobiographical fiction, including The Zone (1982), Pushkin Hills (1983) and The Suitcase (1986), all now available in English translation.

October 25, 2013
Exhibition "The Romanov’s Dynasty: Their Lives in Books "
This year Russia is celebrating a grand jubilee in its history - four hundred years since Mikhail Romanov, the first tsar of the Romanov dynasty, ascended to the throne. The world has changed dramatically since the grand festivities of 300th anniversary held during the reign of Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar. One century later we are still assessing the Romanovs’ legacy and their role in the history. 
October 24, 2013
"The Russian Avant-Guard Encyclopaedia" at at the International Non-Fiction Book Fair in Moscow
Global Expert and Service Team have published The Russian Avant-Guard Encyclopaedia. Its authors, Vasili Rakitin and Andrei Sarabyanov, have worked on it for over 12 years. The encyclopaedia, which consists of three volumes, covers all fields of art: painting, graphics, photography, sculpture, architecture and theatre. 
October 23, 2013
"Viktor Popkov: Russian Painter of Genius" published in the UK
The book Viktor Popkov: Russian Painter of Genius has been published by Unicorn Press Ltd.

It is the first in a series of annual books on iconic Soviet artists aimed at promoting awareness and understanding of this period of Russian art among international audiences. 

Popkov was born in 1932 and tragically shot dead on a Moscow street in 1974, when he mistook a courier for a cab. His short life however was the brilliant one. He won the Grand Prix at the World Biennale in Paris in 1967, one of the most prestigious art awards in the world, when he was just 35 years old.
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