The book “The Russian Revolution and Storms Across a Century 1917-2017” was launched in Kolkata
On August 10, 2017 the book “The Russian Revolution and Storms Across a Century 1917-2017” by Indian writer,
literary scholar and historian Achala Moulik was released by Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal H.E. Mr Keshari Nath
Tripathi at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) with active support from the Consulate General of the
Russian Federation in Kolkata.
Charge d’Affairs of Russia in India Mr Anatoly Kargapolov, Consul General of Russia in Kolkata Mr Alexey
Idamkin, Director of RCSC Mr Yury Dobovoy, Professor of History at the Calcutta University Dr Hari Vasudevan, prominent
scholar and former M.P. Prof. Bharati Ray as well as representatives of local administrative, educational, academic and
artistic circles, former diplomats and political scientists, mass media, Russian compatriots took part in the book
The participants highly praised Ms Moulik’s monograph, which became the first research on the 1917 October
Revolution ever published in India on its 100th anniversary.
Hon’ble Governor pointed out how the emergence of Soviet Union and Russia as a super power kept a balance of
power in the world, helped in the liberation of countries under foreign rule.
In his speech Mr Anatoly Kargapolov noted that the work of Ms Moulik is not limited to the study of historic
events in the first quarter of the XX century – it is a thorough description of the most important chapters of history
of the Russian state from the October Revolution to the present day and the role of Russia in contemporary
Mr Kargapolov presented H.E. Mr K.N.Tripathi with a photo album dedicated to the 70th anniversary
of establishing diplomatic relations between Russia and India, which is widely celebrated this year in both
Author Achala Moulick, the Pushkin Medal awardee who takes long-standing interest in our country and has
written many research articles on Russian literature, remarked in her address that she had chosen the subject of the
October Revolution because those historical events possessed very strong inspirational and liberating potential. She
added that she dedicated her fundamental work to the memory of outstanding diplomat and orientalist Ambassador
Alexander Kadakin, who linked his career with strengthening friendship and cooperation between Russia and India.
The event was extensively covered by media, including TV.