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Launch of the Olga Dolgina Memorial Fund

The Olga Dolgina Memorial Fund was set up in February 2010 to continue the outreach work Olga was engaged in of making Quaker materials available to Russian speakers in their own language.

A Working Group is to select materials and commission their translation.
Materials will be published initially in electronic format. The working group will give consideration to hard copy publication of materials in the light of interest shown to its placement in the website library.

Donations are collected through a Reserve Fund administered by the Treasurer of Friends House Moscow (British Committee) and distributed through the staff of Dom Druzei/Friends House Moscow.

Friends House Moscow is a registered charity in the UK (Charity Registration No 1055965) and reports on the stewardship of the Fund form part of the Annual Returns to the Charity Commissioner.

The Staff of Dom Druzei/Friends House Moscow exercise editorial supervision of final materials for initial publication in electronic format in the website library.

How to Donate

Friends wishing to contribute to this Fund may do so by sending donations to

The Treasurer
The Olga Dolgina Memorial Fund
Westbourne Drive
Lancaster LA15EE
Tel: 01524 848661
Sterling cheques & euro bank drafts should be made out to ‘Friends House Moscow’.

Bank Transfers should be made out to:
Co-operative Bank: Sort Code: 08-92-99: Account No. 65036899
IBAN GB52 CBPK 0892 9965 0368 99

Donors who pay income tax in the United Kingdom can increase their donation by 28p in the £. A declaration can be downloaded by following the “how to support FHM” link.

The following article is taken from Among Friends Issue 117 Feb 2010

Olga Dolgina: a St Petersburg Friend remembered (born 1950- died 2009)

Krasnoufimsk is a small town in the Ural mountains 224 kilometres due west of Ekaterinburg. Olga was born here in 1950 but the family were moved to Petropavlovsk over the border in North Kazakhstan about a 1000 kilometres in the opposite direction. It should be remembered that one’s place of labour in the Soviet Union was directed and not chosen.

Olga had the good fortune in Petropavlosk to meet the Kolesnikov sisters, teachers who had been educated in Helsinki University and the Sorbonne. From them she acquired her love of the English language. She was a brilliant pupil at school, being awarded with a gold medal diploma: this more or less guaranteed entry to any university in the Soviet Union. She chose The Herzten Institute in Leningrad where she trained as a teacher, graduating in 1972. She remained on its staff thereafter and became one of its most respected and loved teachers. She touched the lives of generations of students; she was an ideal teacher and an ideal person, a role model to build their lives on. Her teaching methods, creative and full of innovation, helped hundreds of teachers from all over Russia master new techniques of teaching and improve their own English language skills. She was “a typical example of St Petersburg’s intelligentsia; civilized and heedful” (quote).

Olga was amongst the first group of exchange students ever allowed to leave the Soviet Union. She studied at Bradford University from October 1970 to February 1971. Olga met the Rowntree family and her journey into the family of Friends began.
She married Zhenia in 1972 and they lived in Kolpino, a suburb of Leningrad. They had a daughter Anna (now living in Phoenix with her two daughters and American husband).

Olga was an early member of the St Petersburg Worship Group. She studied at Woodbrooke College from April to July 1995; was an active member of Baltic Meeting, organising their gathering in Pavlovsk in 1999: she served as a member of the Board of Friends House Moscow from 1999 to 2004. Her bilingual excellence was always in demand as interpreter and translator, and she was often asked to facilitate Quaker Gathering. Her legacy as a “wordsmith” remains in her sensitive translations of Thomas Kelly’s Testament of Devotion and Douglas Steere’s Quaker Spirituality. Many Friends will remember her from European and Middle East Section Gatherings and Quaker Council for European Affairs events. Olga made a wonderful and very distinctive contribution to Quaker faith and practice in Russia and beyond.

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