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I am delighted to introduce this exciting volume edited by Sergey Tarutin and produced under the banner of Nasha Gazeta.
There are many valuable links between Ireland and Russia. Considering the great physical distance between us, the level of trade and investment in both directions is remarkable – a microcosm of what is happening at a wider European level. Ireland and Russia are developing political relations through bilateral meetings, at the OSCE, at the UN, and of course through the European Union’s dialogue with Russia. Our current European Union Presidency coincides with Russia’s chairmanship of the G20.
This book tells the story of the Russian-speaking community of Ireland, as well as the links, historical and current, between Ireland and Russia, which have recently developed rapidly and have the potential to become even stronger in the future.
The story of the life of a single man, is almost greater than the story of an entire nation. These words can rightfully be applied to Vladimir Sergeyvich Pecherin, a Russian philologist, and in later life, a fervent Irish pastor. This historical character, who, it is said, served as the prototype for Pechorin in Lermontov’s “A Hero of our Time”, ended his life in Dublin.
Séamus Martin was born in 1942 in Dublin and worked for six years as Irish Times correspondent in Russia. He was the only Irish journalist to witness at first hand the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. He also covered events in the October of 1993, both Chechen wars, the explosions of apartment buildings in Moscow in 1999, presidential elections and many more news affairs. in his weekly Moscow Letter made Irish readers aware of general life in Russia. He is now retired.
“Irish people are hungry for business yet keen to maintain traditional values. The most important thing for the young generation is to maintain these values.”