The Oxford Russian Club or Oxford Russian Society was founded as a self-governing organisation by Prince Felix Youssoupoff in 1909, while he was a student at University College. Our association has played host to Russian ambassadors, members of the Russian Imperial and British Royal families, accomplished figures from the academia and the arts world, British ambassadors to Moscow and 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. We welcome non-Russian speakers, as all of our events are bilingual.
The Oxford Russian Club is one of the most vibrant student societies numbering about 300 active members and having behind it a long and successful history. In early 1950 our at-the-time-president Michael Glenny started stating that "the Russian Club has no axe to grind", leading to the first official declaration of the Club's political non-alignment doctrine in Hilary of 1951. This doctrine remains as resolute today as it was in 1951; our sole aim being the promotion of Russian culture and language within the University, and the fostering of ties between our members and Russia.
A link to our full constitution can be found here.
Become a Member Today
Contact the Russian Club in order to get your membership today! Life-membership is currently at £25 per person and it allows you to attend all speaker events of the Oxford Russian Club free of charge. It also entitles you to a discount of up to a third of the entry price to all other events.
Donate & Help Us Keep Going
The Oxford Russian Club is a non-profit charitable organisation, and as such we very much depend on your donations to help us carry on our work and events and charity work. If you do not wish to use PayPal for a card payment, we also accept direct bank transfers through our treasury.
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 •