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During the Cold War, elite musicians in the Soviet Union were able to use their positions in the cultural establishment to gain access to British contemporary music, and to perform it. This lecture focuses on the societal position of those musicians, which afforded them a considerable amount of agency. Moreover, this agency enabled them to circumvent the ideological, economic, and legal obstacles inherent in cultural exchange during the Cold War, and to defend these performances from the Soviet Ministry of Culture’s interventions. Thornton Miller is a PhD Candidate in Musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.