Annual Lecture 2017 – “Russia: The Power of a Narrative”

This year’s Annual Lecture, kindly hosted once again by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN, will be at 6pm on 26 June 2017 (for map of location and accessibility information click here:

The speaker will be Arkady Ostrovsky, and the theme will be “Russia: The Power of a Narrative”.

Arkady Ostrovsky is Russia and Eastern European Editor of The Economist. A Russian-born, British journalist, he spent fifteen years reporting from Moscow, first for the Financial Times and then as a bureau chief for The Economist. He studied Russian theatre history in Moscow and holds a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. His book “The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War” (Atlantic Books) won the Orwell Prize for Literature in 2016.


The lecture will be followed by a reception, which will allow for further discussion and networking with others with an interest in the field.

The lecture is free, and all are welcome. However, this is The BEARR Trust’s main fund-raising event of the year, and guests are invited to make an advance donation of £25 per person.  All proceeds will go towards BEARR’s work to support health and welfare and to strengthen civil society through our Small Grants Scheme.

All names must be given in advance for security reasons, so please complete the booking form and return it as soon as possible, and at the latest by 20 June. Please note that you should arrive in good time, using EBRD’s One Exchange Square entrance only, to allow for security procedures.  No tickets will be issued, but you may assume that if you have sent in your form, places have been reserved for you and your guests. 

To book please use this form.

(If you have problems downloading the booking form please email