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Grandfather Frost & Old New Year – the Russian Christmas Dr Rosamund Bartlett Wednesday 11 December 2019

A talk that explores the traditional religious and folk customs surrounding Christmas in Russia before the revolution, the secular celebrations introduced by Peter the Great, the drastic changes made in Soviet times by Stalin and what Christmas means to Russians today. Dr Bartlett has translated work by Tolstoy and Chekhov for OUP, can often be heard on the BBC and is a founding Director of the Anton Chekhov Foundation set up to preserve the writer’s house in Yalta.