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UN Day celebrated at the Russian Embassy

On 23 October, the Embassy of the Russian Federation and the United Nations Association UK (UNA-UK) held an event to celebrate the UN Day. The event was a continuation of UNA-UK’s emerging tradition of commemorating the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 together with diplomatic missions accredited in London.

The celebration brought together diplomats, politicians and scholars, and featured a keynote address by Mrs Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, who spoke on the role of multilateralism in today’s world, notably in defending and strengthening universal human values through culture, education and science. Mrs Bokova particularly emphasized the key role of education in attaining the Millennium Development Goals, to which UNESCO is making a proud contribution.

Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, hosting the event, said: “I am delighted to welcome guests for the UN Day, particularly dear to me, as my whole diplomatic career has been devoted to working with the United Nations. Today, multilateralism, with the United Nations at the heart of the international system, has no alternative. Despite what many skeptics say, over the last twenty years the UN has become more efficient. Human rights, anti-terrorist and peacekeeping activities have flourished. And most importantly, the UN’s unique legitimacy has strengthened”.

Co-host Sir Jeremy Greenstock, UNA-UK Chairman and former UK Ambassador to the UN, said: “This occasion is an important opportunity for the diplomatic community in London to join with policy-makers and civil society in celebrating the UN’s achievements and reflecting on how it can be re-tooled to tackle 21st century challenges. In this era of rapid change, we must ensure that the UN, the only truly global organisation we have, enjoys the support of institutions and individuals alike – not just on UN Day but around the year.”



Group of students from the Skinners' School visits the Embassy

On 6 December the group of students from the Skinners’ School, who had been selected to represent Russia at the 64th session of the Harvard Model United Nations Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, visited the Russian Embassy in London for a Q& A session with the diplomats from the Foreign policy and the Press sections. The students were briefed on Russia`s position regarding the broad range of issues of the UN agenda.


Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between SIBUR and Forth Valley College

On 2nd December 2016, the Russian Consul General Mr Andrey Pritsepov and the Lord Provost of Stirling Mr Mike Robbins participated in the solemn signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding between Russia’s largest integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company SIBUR and Scotland’s leading educational centre Forth Valley College, which specializes in training of personnel for the oil and gas industry.


Talking points of Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at Eastern Seasons reception, 3 December 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, A warm welcome to all of you here at the reception to mark the second year of the Eastern Seasons week of events. The Russian Embassy in the UK is very happy to support this ambitious project in its aim to create a platform for people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds to meet and collaborate on business matters, in sports activities and through cultural experiences.


On reception for the members of the Hermitage Foundation UK, friends of the Hermitage

On November 30, 2016 a traditional reception for the members of the Hermitage Foundation UK, friends of the Hermitage was held at the Russian Embassy in London. Director of the State Hermitage Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky was a guest of honor.


Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 25-27 November Attaché of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr Evans James DAVIS, Mr Luther Howell THOMAS, Mr John STAPLES, Mr Arthur Vernon AVERY, Mr Evan Oswald EVANS and Mr Robert Lloyd OWEN, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.


"Battalion" film premiered in London

On 28 November the film Battalion, produced by Igor Ugolnikov, was shown at the London office of Russian cultural centre Rossotrudnichestvo. The film tells the tragic story of the First Battalion of Death, a women-only Russian combat unit of WW1, created by the Russian Provisional Government in spring 1917 to bolster the fighting spirit of its war-weary and demoralized troops. Battalion received a number of international film awards.


Slavianski Bazaar in Leeds

On 26 November an international cultural event `Slavianski Bazaar`took place. The event was arranged by the Baltic Slavic community `Baltica`and has already become a traditional annual festival of Russian and other East European communities of Leeds.


Ambassador Yakovenko meets Westminster-Russia Forum

On 23 November, Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met in Rossotrudnichesto with the representatives of the Westminster-Russia Forum, a British voluntary group promoting a greater cultural, commercial and political understanding between the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation.


Demonstration near the Russian Embassy in London

On 23 November a demonstration in support of the Russia’s policy in Syria took place near the Russian Embassy in London. Among the slogans were “The terrorists in Syria are on the retreat because of combined Russian and Syrian military campaigns”, “The Russian and Syrian governments are fighting groups in Syria who wish to harm British citizens” and “The Russian military fights for UK security in Syria”. Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko went to meet the participants and thanked them for their support.


Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 18 November Attaché of the Embassy Oleg Shor presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr Ernest QUANTRILL, Mr James Harold ROBSON, Mr Howard Maclaughlin SMITH, Mr Eric SPURR, Mr Wilfred Douglas PEACOCK, Mr Joseph Henry MALLOWS, Mr Kenneth KEMP and Mr Harry JEFFERY, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

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