The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize rewards the very best non-fiction writing on Russia. Worth £5,000 to the winner, the Prize was created to encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world. The prize is for a book published in English, but translations from other languages, including of course Russian, are encouraged and actively sought.
The 2018 Pushkin Prize was generously supported by Douglas Smith (author and winner of the inaugural award in 2013) and Stephanie Ellis-Smith and the Polonsky Foundation.
The 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: Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881 (Yale University Press); and Alexis Peri for The War Within: Diaries From the Siege of Leningrad (Harvard University Press).
The 2018 shortlist was announced on 20 April in Moscow at the Higher School of Economics and the winner was announced on 7 June at a special awards ceremony in London.
Submissions for the 2019 Pushkin House Book Prize will open in October 2018.
The advisory board for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize is made up of:
Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former British ambassador to Moscow and author of Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89
Andrew Jack (chair), former Co-Chairman of Pushkin House, and journalist at the Financial Times
Bridget Kendall, Master, Peterhouse College, 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 (inaugural) Pushkin House prize