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Sir Tony Brenton in Old Chapel

On Wednesday 20 May, St John’s welcomed former ambassador to Russia Sir Tony Brenton for a talk as part of the School’s summer series of events. 

Pupils, parents, staff and friends of St John’s packed the Old Chapel to hear the former ambassador discuss Russia and the Ukraine. 

Mr Brenton had a distinguished career spanning 30 years in the Foreign Office, spending time in Moscow in the 1990’s during Yeltsin’s presidency and 2004-2008 as ambassador. He was awarded a KCMG by Her Majesty the Queen in 2007, and became a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge in 2009.

He treated the audience to a fascinating history of Russia and its propensity for a strong leader. The fascinating lecture concluded with Mr Brenton analysing the motives behind Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and the strategy and tactics of western governments. 

Numerous questions were asked from the floor, including about the potential for a new cold war. The event ended with the buzz of discussion on what was widely agreed to be a highly enjoyable and enlightening evening.

St John’s is hosting a number of events during the last half term of the academic year, which everyone is welcome to attend. For further details of upcoming events, please visit the events page on the School’s website.

Published on 22/05/2015

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