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06.06.2016

Valentina Polukhina remarks at Joseph Brodsky unveiling ceremony (Keele University, 6 June 2016)

Brodsky at Keele

After Joseph Brodsky was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972 he won a Guggenheim Fellowship (1977-78), the Nobel Prize for Literature (1987), became American Poet Laureate (1991-92), and an honorary citizen of St Petersburg (1995).
Brodsky was the first Russian port to take an active part in the literary life of the West: he gave readings and lectures in dozens of American and European universities. As Seamus Heaney put it, “Brodsky emerges as a kind of one-man ozone layer, protecting and enhancing the possibility of poetic life in our times”.
Keele University was one of the first British universities that he visited in 1978. He gave a lecture on W.H.Auden and a poetry reading. In 1980 when I was working on her PhD on his poetry, I spent five months attending his lectures and seminars at Michigan University where he was teaching. Since then I was in regular contact with him. He kindly answered all here questions. His second visit to Keele University took place in 1985. But he visited Great Britain every year. Brodsky was undoubtedly an Anglophile. He loved English literature and the English language. He wrote his essays and some of his poems in English. He visited places of well-known English people, went to Wellington, where John Donne brought cucumbers to London; Leighton Bromswold where George Herbert was a priest; sat under the apple tree where Newton had the Law of Gravity revealed to him. He visited places connected with his beloved Auden. Brodsky knew by heart lots of poems by European and American poets. He read a lot, never leaving home without a book in his pocket, having come up with the aphorism: “Liberty is the right to go to the library”. Brodsky drew inspiration form Pushkin, Donne and Dante at different times and in different degrees. Brodsky wrote the personal into the social, and the social into a general project of the universe. He is our modern Pushkin: I has written and edited 17 books about Brodsky to prove this point. As some of you would know, Pushkin’s granddaughter lived on the Keele estate for 10 years (1901-1910), that is one more reason to bring two great Russian poets together. Thanks to everybody who helped to achieve this.




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29.11.2019 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s speech at the opening of the V Russian-British Business Forum in London, 27 November 2019

Ladies and gentlemen! I am pleased with the opportunity to deliver my first speech as Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom at the Russian-British Business Forum. Over the five years, the Forum has become a solid platform for open and direct dialogue and exchange of views, involving both business community and officials. The number of participants has been growing annually. Together, we have managed to create a constructive atmosphere of partnership.


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13.11.2019 - Article by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for the media of the BRICS countries "BRICS Strategic Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth", November 12, 2019

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Thank you for coming to this panel. For the sake of time, my introductory remarks will be brief.


12.11.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions during a joint news conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Yerevan, November 11, 2019

Mr Mnatsakanyan, First of all, I would like thank our Armenian friends for the invitation on behalf of my delegation and myself, for the very cordial welcome and substantive negotiations that began today with a meeting with Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and continued at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Good afternoon, The meeting with my Burundian colleague Ezechiel Nibigira took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We enjoy friendly relations based on the principles of international law, respect for mutual interests and deep historical sympathy that our peoples have for each other.


01.11.2019 - Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich’s interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, October 29, 2019

Question: Mr Lukashevich, I would like to start with a difficult question. The people seldom understand the role and importance of such institutions as the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). They believe that it is all talk and little action, apart from that of the adoption of resolutions. This is partly true. Are there too many international organisations that are hardly having any influence on realities? And it also costs a fortune to maintain them.


01.11.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, Moscow, October 31, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, We have held constructive, substantive and very detailed talks with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger. This is his second visit to Moscow this year. We welcome the regular nature of our contacts.



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