Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and one of the judges, said: “It is encouraging that there is still a real interest in Russian history in institutions abroad, and a very high level of research."
Geoffrey Hosking, emeritus professor of Russian history at University College London, said: “The shortlist shows how many writers today are concerned with the fate of Russia, and express that concern not only through detailed and innovative research of various kinds, but also through their willingness to convey the results of that research to a broad non-specialist public. The books offer a rich, varied and enlightening picture of Russia in the past and present.”
The panel of judges for the 2016 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize includes Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg; Baroness Elizabeth Smith of Gilmorehill, founding trustee of the John Smith Trust; Geoffrey Hosking, emeritus professor of Russian history, School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University College London; Anne McElvoy, senior editor at the Economist; and Serhii Plokhy, professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University.
James Daunt, Managing Director of Waterstones, said: “We are delighted to support the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, which has again this year demonstrated the great variety and very high quality of writing about the region.”
Andrew Jack, journalist at the Financial Times and co-chairman of Pushkin House, said: “This year’s very strong shortlist showcases top class scholarship, beautiful writing and excellent translation from Russia, Europe and the US. Picking a winner will be extremely tough.”
The press release issued on 28 March 2016 can be read here.