What is the Oxford Russian Club?
The Oxford Russian Club or Oxford Russian Society was founded as a self-governing student organisation by Prince Felix Youssoupoff in 1909, while he was a student at University College.
Ever since, our association has played host to British and Russian ambassadors, members of the Russian Imperial and British Royal families, accomplished figures from the academia and the arts, senior diplomats, political figures such as Boris Nemtsov, Anatoly Sobchak, Sir Brian Fall, Ksenia Sobchak, Oleg Gordievsky, Boris Berezovsky, Grigory Yavlinsky, Leonid Kravchuk, Boris Pankin, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and many others.
The Oxford Russian Club aims to promote Russian culture and the study of Russia, Russian history, Russian language, and Russian current affairs at the University of Oxford. We are also focusing on charity work in Russia, often hosting fundraiser receptions.
Membership / Who can join?
Any Oxford University student can join the Oxford Russian Club. Whether you are Russian, a Russianist, or simply interested in all things Russian you will be welcomed. Our Club is officially bilingual, so speaking Russian is not a prerequisite for joining.
Life-membership of the Club is available at £25, and can be acquired by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. This entitles you to free entry for all our speaker and screening events, as well as for a discount of 1/3 for all other ticketed social events the Club hosts.
Does the Oxford Russian Club have any political affiliations?
In accordance with Article XVIII of the Club's constitution, the Oxford Russian Club is a politically non-aligned organisation as set by our at-the-time president Michael Glenny in 1951. As such the Oxford Russian Club has no political affiliations and assumes no position on current affairs.
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Great Benefactors of the Russian Club
PRINCE FELIX YOUSSOUPOFF • HRH PRINCE MICHAEL OF KENT • HRH PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT • JOHN HAMILTON-CURZON
PRINCE ANDREW LOBANOV-ROSTOVSKY • ANNA DANSHINA • TOM STOPPARD • PRINCESS SOPHIE GALITZINE
IMPERIAL CAVIAR • VRANKEN-POMMERY MONOPOLE • PRINCESS CATHERINE GALITZINE • PRINCE DIMITRY OBOLENSKY • PUSHKIN HOUSE
COUNTESS ELIZABETH KOUTAÏSSOFF • PRINCE GEORGE GALITZINE • MARINA BOGDANOVA • DENIS MENSHIKOV • THE STROGANOFF FUND
PRINCE LEONID LIEVEN • CAPTAIN VADIM NARYSHKIN • GLEB STRUVE • SERGEI KONOVALOV • PRINCESS ALEXANDRA TROUBETZKOY
NADEJDA GORODETZKY • JOSEPH BRODSKY • PAUL IRWIN FOOTE • HIH PRINCE NIKITA ALEXANDROVICH OF RUSSIA • EUGÈNE VINAVER
SIR ISAIAH BERLIN • NICHOLAS ZERNOV • PRINCE SERGE OBOLENSKY NELEDINSKY-MELETZKY • RONALD HINGLEY • VLADIMIR NABOKOV
AMBASSADOR BRYAN SPARROW • NINA KRUGLIKOVA • ANN GRETTON • COUNT ALEXANDER SHOUVALOFF • ANNA AKHMATOVA
NIKOLAI BAKHTIN • HENRY NORMAN SPALDING • JOHN SIMMONS • BORIS UNBEGAUM • MICHAEL HOLMAN • ALEXANDER KERENSKY
NICOLAS WYROUBOFF • FRANCIS HASKELL • THE 2ND VISCOUNT NORWICH • KAREN HEWITT •