An Englishman in Moscow:
Reminiscences of an Englishman living and working in Moscow in the 1970’s
1st May 2019, 7pm
This fascinating talk by Godfrey Weldhen will focus on the day-to-day experiences of living in Moscow and Leningrad in 1979 and 1981. Hear about “Moscow Rules” and the KGB, Soviet TV and radio, the Soviet health system, and the day-to-day realities of living and working in this fascinating and enigmatic city – eating out, getting around, and getting to know the locals.
Godfrey Weldhen attended the School of Slavonic and East European Studies of London University, gaining both a BA and MA degree in Russian History, before transferring to the London School of Economics as a PhD research student. He has spent most of his working life lecturing in Russian History and Soviet Politics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He was a British Council research scholar at Moscow University in 1979-1980 and at Leningrad University in 1981. He lived in St Petersburg for two years after the collapse of the USSR and was the first British scholar to work in the archive in Kirov, a city closed to westerners during the Soviet period.