Nick Clegg to chair the 2018 Pushkin Prize

News - Prizes Friday, 01 December 2017

Part-Russian politician will chair panel of judges for the £5,000 award given to the best non-fiction about the Russian-speaking world

Nick Clegg, the former British deputy prime minister who claims Russian ancestry, will chair the jury for the 2018 Russian Book Prize run by Pushkin House.

Now in its sixth year, the £5,000 award is non-fiction writing in English that 'promotes public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world.' The jurors are Nick Clegg, Rosalind Blakesley, Oleg Budnitsky, Dervla Murphy and John Thornhill.

Clegg said: "I am delighted to be chairing such a distinguished panel of judges whose job it will be to pick the very best of the many excellent books being written about and in Russia today. As someone who has some Russian ancestry myself and has been intimately involved with the ups and downs of the relationship between the UK and Russia for many years, I cannot think of a better time to explore the current body of non-fiction literature about that great nation. I am hugely looking forward to immersing myself in the task with the other judges ahead of the announcement of the winner next year."

The 2018 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize is made possible by the support of Douglas Smith (author and winner of the inaugural award in 2013) and Stephanie Ellis-Smith.

Smith said: "It's exciting to see another fantastic panel of judges has been chosen for this year's Pushkin House Russian Book Prize. Their task will not be easy given an especially strong list of new books on Russia. I can’t wait to see who will be the winner!" Submissions for the Prize by publishers are now open, and full details are available at: The winner will be announced in early summer 2018.

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