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07.10.2014

Mikhail Lermontov’s 200th Anniversary celebrated in Scotland

From 2 to 5 October 2014 the 200th Anniversary of Russia’s Great Poet Mikhail Lermontov was celebrated in Scotland.

An exhibition ‘Thinking about Lermontov’ by Russian artist Liudmila Grigorieva-Semyatitskaya was organised by Scotland-Russia Forum at the Scottish Parliament and culminated in a reception celebrating the poet and his works and sponsored by Mary Scanlon MSP, Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES) and the Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh.

A bronze bust of the poet was presented to the town of Earlston by Lermontov family represented by Ms Maria Koroleva.

Three-day ‘The Lermontov 200’ Conference focused on the poet’s life, works and translations and jointly promoted by the All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, the Moscow Institute of Translation and Moffat Book Events was hosted in Moffat.

Lermontov-themed concerts of Scottish poet and singer Tommy Beavitt were organised in Scotland’s capital by Russian Edinburgh school and in Glasgow by Russian Centre.

The events were attended by the Deputy Minister of Culture of Russia Mr Grigoriy Ivliev, Ms Mary Scanlon MSP and other members of the Scottish Parliament, Convener of the Borders Council Councillor Graham Garvie, Director General of the  All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature Ms Ekaterina Genieva, Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Mr Andrey Pritsepov, representatives of Russian literature, research and educational institutions, as well as Lermontov family.

The Poet’s dynasty has a long-standing connection with Scotland where his ancestor were said to come from to Russia in early XVII century.




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