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A Man for East and West: Anthony of Sourozh, by Eugenia Ellanskaya

Last week Pushkin House hosted an interesting event touching upon the Russian world in England – often so unfamiliar and mysterious to outsiders. With the rise of Russia-West hostilities over the past year the hearts of many long for stability and more warmth within Anglo-Russian affairs. But how to avoid polarised and aggravated opinions? How not…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 20/09/2014
DakhaBrakha by Lyudmila Dobrynina

Eugenia Ellanskaya reviews Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha at Rich Mix.

Dash Arts continue to delight their audiences with musical talents from Eastern Europe as part of their latest regional focus. Last week they hit some sensitive strings by bringing to London a musical quartet from the very heart of the European crisis. The Ukrainian band Dakha Brakha is an eclectic musical phenomenon that seeks to…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 06/08/2014
Radik Tyulyush (2)

Eugenia Ellanskaya reviews Radik Tyulyush’s concert with Dash Art

Radik Tyulyush is a world-renowned throat singer. If the concept of throat singing sounds unfamiliar to you, then you are in for a great musical discovery, all the way from the depths of Inner Asia. Here, in the small Republic of Tuva near Mongolia,  every other person knows about the unusual skill. Last week the…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 20/07/2014
Mikhail Shiskin - image by Efrolkina

Eugenia Ellanskaya sees novelist Mikhail Shishkin at Pushkin House

Mikhail Shishkin is considered to be one of the most outstanding Russian writers today. A winner of all major literary awards in Russia, he nonetheless remains surprisingly unknown to many readers both in Russia and abroad. With five novels and two short-stories produced in the past twenty years, his books have now been translated into…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 24/05/2014
july rain prints

Eugenia Ellanskaya reviews Marlen Khutsiev’s ‘July Rain’ at Pushkin House

July Rain (1966) captures the ambiguous existential crisis of young Lena during the Soviet thaw: that strange, doomed period of liberalisation following Stalin’s death. After a brief rainy encounter with stranger Zhenya, Lena is left with his rainproof coat. Rather than return it as she planned, she finds herself escaping reality with Zhenya’s spontaneous phone…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 17/05/2014