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Rosamund Bartlett author, translator and lecturer in Russian and music at Durham University and elsewhere; her books include Wagner and Russia and Chekhov: Scenes from a Life; co-author of Literary Russia: A Guide and translator of Chekhov: About Love and Other Stories

 "Music and opera; Russian literature"

Anna Benn - co-author of Literary Russia: A Guide, and The Pocket Insight Guide to St Petersburg.

 "Dostoevsky's St Petersburg"

Will Black - has worked for the World Monuments Fund for five years, primarily on restoration projects in St Petersburg. He acts as a fund-raiser, strategist, writer and leader of tours. The WMF is currently running a major project to restore the Chinese Palace at Oranienbaum.

 "Fundraising, conservation and restoration in Russia"

Masha Godovannaya - an experimental filmmaker and curator, after studying in Russia, she majored in film production at Brooklyn College, New York. She has taken part in film festivals and curated projects in Barzil, America and Russia. She now teaches on Film/Video Production at Smolniy College of Liberal Arts and Science and is working on a new film.

 "Film workshop, Russian trends"

James Graham Stewart - furniture expert and London dealer.

 "The Imperial Furniture Collections"

Kate Hubbard - biographer and author of forthcoming biography of Nicolas II and Alexandra for Short Books.

 "Nicolas and Alexandra"

Alexei Larionov - curator of Northern Drawings at the Hermitage.

 "Study sessions in the drawings department"

Alexei Leporc - Hermitage curator and professor at the European University of St Petersburg.

 "History, architecture and culture of St Petersburg"

Geraldine Norman - UK Representative of the State Hermitage Museum, editor of the Hermitage magazine, author of The Hermitage, the Biography of a Museum and formerly saleroom and art correspondent for the Times and the Independent respectively.

 "The Hermitage Museum and art journalism"

Catherine Phillips - resident in Russia since 1985. An art historian and author of guides to St Petersburg. Catherine Phillips has also covered political events in Russia for the BBC and CBS and now works with the State Hermitage Museum and the opera section of the Mariinsky Theatre.

 "City history, the Imperial Collections and 20th century popular culture"

Ivan Samarine - Russian art consultant and author of Seas, Cities and Dreams, the Paintings of Ivan Aivasovsky.

 "Icons and Russian 19th and 20th century painting"

Mark Sutcliffe - editor and publisher of books on St Petersburg, including the catalogue of the Hermitage Museum's collections and Petersburg Perspectives. Currently writing a PhD on the city's early-twentieth century cultural history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London.

 "Turn-of-the-century art and literature"

John Varoli - resident in Russia since 1992, first in Moscow as director of one of Russia's first NGOs helping street children, and since 1996 as a journalist working for Bloomberg News, The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Art Newspaper.

 "Politics and contemporary society"

Yevgeniy Yufit - experimental filmmaker and photographer. In 1985 Yufit set up the first independent film studio in Russia, Mzhalala Film. His films have been screened at many of the international film festivals and he was awarded the Grand Prix at the Rimini Film Festival in Italy. Paintings and photographs by Yufit are to be found in museums, galleries and private collections both in Russia and abroad.

 "Film workshop, Russian trends"