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The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize

At the end of 2012 we launched the inaugural Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, sponsored by Waterstones. For those who don’t already know, the prize is designed to further public understanding of the Russian-speaking world, by encouraging and rewarding the very best non-fiction writing on Russia, and is the first of its kind in the English-language market.

As the centre for Russian culture in London, and with our aim to encourage serious discussion about Russian culture in the UK always at the forefront of what we do, we believe Pushkin House is ideally placed to be launching this new prize.

For our first year, we are thrilled to have a very distinguished list of judges. This year’s panel consists of journalist and Man Booker nominated novelist AD Miller ; former UK ambassador to Moscow Sir Rodric Braithwaite ; Lord Skidelsky , emeritus professor of political economy at Warwick University; Dmitri Trenin , head of the Moscow Carnegie Centre; and Rachel Polonsky , lecturer in the department of Slavonic Studies at Cambridge University. All are published authors, with a broad range of views and perspectives on Russia. The advisory board of the Prize includes Waterstones managing director James Daunt , literary director of the Man Booker Prize Ion Trewin and Andrew Nurnberg , head of Andrew Nurnberg Associates literary agency.

We were really pleased with the level of interest in the prize in only its first year, with more than 40 books entered by the publishers.There has also been a great breadth of topics. Politics and history account for a lot of the subjects covered, including notably the Cold War and Communist era, but also quite a number on Russian business. And some important themes, such as women, music, archaeology and religion, were represented in the submissions too.

If you would like to get involved, and follow what’s happening with the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, why not come along to some of our events over the coming weeks?

Shortlist announcement event at The Russian Bookshop, Waterstones, 203/206 Piccadilly, London, SW1Y 6WW on Thursday 25 th April at 6.30pm.

Panel discussion at Waterstones, William Baker House, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AF on Thursday 9th May at 7pm. Please visit their website .

Panel discussion at Waterstones, 22 Sidney St, Cambridge, CB2 3HG Sidney Street, on Thursday 16 th May at 6pm. Please visit their website .

Panel discussion at the Hay Festival on Wednesday 29 th May at 2.30pm. Please visit their website .

Winner announcement at the Hay Festival on Wednesday 29 th May

You can also follow all the latest news on Twitter @Pushkin_House and by ‘liking’ our Facebook page.

For all media enquiries about the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, please contact Alex Hippisley-Cox on 020 8488 3764/07921 127077 or email her at

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