Sergei Guriev, chair of the 2019 judges, said: “It is an honour to serve on the jury of the prestigious Pushkin House Prize. It is also a great pleasure - and a great challenge - as 2018 was an especially strong year for the non-fiction books on the past, present and future of the Russian-speaking world. I very much look forward to reading these books and the jury’s deliberations on selecting the winner."
Douglas Smith, author and winner of the inaugural Pushkin House Russian book prize award in 2013, said: “Stephanie and I are thrilled to once again support the Pushkin Prize. We congratulate this year’s winners and appreciate the level of excellence their writing exhibits."
Marc Polonsky, Managing Trustee of The Polonsky Foundation, said: "For the third year we are pleased to support Pushkin House in its good work of presenting Russian culture. The Book Prize has done much to further understanding of the Russian-speaking world and of the complex realities of Russia's past and present.”
Previous winners are: Douglas Smith for Former People: the Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy (Macmillan); Catherine Merridale for Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History (Allen Lane); Serhii Plokhii for The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (Oneworld); Dominic Lieven for Towards the Flame (Penguin); Rosalind Blakesley for The Russian Canvas (Yale) and Alexis Peri for The War Within (Harvard University Press).
The deadline for submissions for the 2019 prize was 31 December 2018. A shortlist will be announced on 25 April 2019 in Moscow and the winner at a special awards dinner and ceremony on 12 June 2019 at The Charterhouse, London.
The advisory board for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize comprises:
· Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former British ambassador to Moscow and author of Afgantsy
· Andrew Jack (chair), chairman emeritus, Pushkin House, and journalist at the Financial Times
· Bridget Kendall, Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge University
· Andrew Nurnberg, managing director, Andrew Nurnberg Associates literary agency
· Marc Polonsky, trustee, The Polonsky Foundation
· Douglas Smith, historian, translator, author and winner of the 2013 Pushkin House Russian book prize