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Two recently published books tell stories of Quakers in Russia – one book is set in the 1920s and one in the 1990s.

In “Friends and Comrades: How Quakers helped Russians survive famine and epidemic“, Sergei Nikitin tells the history of how Quakers provided famine relief in southern Russia, during the turmoil of the Russian revolution. The relief effort is credited with saving the lives of 400,000 people. For more info, and a book review, see here .

Friends and Comrades book cover










In “Sketches from a Quaker’s Moscow Journal“, Patricia Cockrell recounts her varied experiences when she went to Russia in the early 1990s, both to help set up Friends House Moscow, and to establish a hospice in the town of Yaroslavl – a venture which became the start of the hospices movement in Russia. More details, and a book review, here . Patricia reflects here on the changing landscape, for charities and human rights organisations, between the 1990s and now.

Sketches from a Quaker's Moscow Journal front book cover