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The Cambridge Commitee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES) was founded in 1987 to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in the study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia at the University of Cambridge. It also represents to outside bodies the interests of Russian and East European Studies at the University. CamCREES connects students and scholars across departments, colleges and faculties at Cambridge in order to advance knowledge about the diverse cultures, economies, and societies of the region. During the academic year, CamCREES organises and hosts a series of evening seminars and other special events with leading scholars, artists, and practitioners, which are open to the general public. It also offers seed funding for creative interdisciplinary initiatives conceived and organised by postgraduates.



The University of Cambridge is home to a host of clubs and societies oriented on the cultures and languages of Poland, Russia and Ukraine. For a full, up-to-date listing of Universities societies, click here.


The Russian Speaking Society (CamRUSS) is a society for residents of different nationalities and backgrounds who are interested in Russian language, culture and traditions, history and politics, modern life and travel. They organise various events, e.g. lectures, talks, parties, walks, trips to theatres, concerts and exhibitons.


The Cambridge University Russian Society evolved from the Cambridge University Slavonic Society which itself started in the early 1920s or perhaps even earlier.

The university society brings together students, lecturers and people with an interest in Russian history, culture and language.
It organises a variety of events throughout the year such as:

  • Educational Lectures With An Expert
  • High Profile Talks (See Website)
  • Russian Literature Evenings
  • Conversational Evenings
  • College Formal Dinners
  • Food Festivals
  • Various Trips
  • Film Nights
  • Parties

Some previous speakers include:
Vladimir Pozner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Boris Grebenschikov, Vladimir Zhvanetsky, Diana Arbenina, Bi-2, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Tony Brenton, Roger Munnings CBE, Dmitri Zimin and Irina Kirillova MBE amongst many others!


The Cambridge University Ukrainian Society, established in 2001, is the official association of people that are doing their studies or research at the University of Cambridge and are Ukrainians by blood, passport or spirit. We unite both Ukrainians and foreigners who care for Ukraine, its past, present and future. The Society is open to everyone. It promotes Ukrainian culture, gives an insight on Ukrainian politics, strengthens social networks among its members and assists in the establishment of professional, academic and business links of its members with outside community.

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Slavonic News

Rory Finnin Wins Two Prestigious ASEEES Book Prizes

21 September 2023

We are delighted to share that Professor Rory Finnin has been awarded two prestigious prizes by the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) for his book Blood of Others: Stalin's Crimean Atrocity and the Poetics of Solidarity (University of Toronto Press, 2022). These ASEEES prizes follow on from two other awards for Blood of Others announced earlier this year.

Rory Finnin Wins Rothschild Book Prize and Ukrainian Studies Book Prize

6 June 2023

We are very proud to share that Dr Rory Finnin has been awarded the 2023 Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies for his book 'Blood of Others: Stalin's Crimean Atrocity and the Poetics of Solidarity' . He was also awarded the 2021-22 Best Book Prize from the American Association for Ukrainian Studies for this work.