28 March 2015
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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.”



Dmitri Kogan performs at the Russian Embassy in London

One of the most prominent Russian violinists of today, Dmitri Kogan performed at the Russian Embassy in London on 27 March 2015. The musician played on priceless instruments by the great masters Amati, Stradivarius, del Gesu, Guadagnini and Vuillaume. The concert, attended by diplomats, business and culture personalities and prominent members of the Russian diaspora, was followed by a reception. On 30 March Dmitri Kogan will be performing at the Barbican centre (see http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=17253)


Counsellor Ernest Chernukhin visits Queen Mary University of London

On 26 March, Counsellor of the Embassy Ernest Chernukhin attended an annual International Scholarships Reception at London’s Queen Mary University. He met Prof Simon Gaskell, President and Principal of the University, as well foreign PhD students. Different issues of Russian-British cooperation in the field of higher education were discussed.


Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko meets Rokeby school students

On 26 March Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko received at his residence a group of Russian language students from the mathematics and languages Rokeby school, East London.


Ushakov Medals presented to British veterans of the Arctic Convoys

On 25 March Attaché of the Russian Embassy Elizaveta Vokorina and Attaché of the Russian Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to five British veterans of the Arctic Convoys - Mr Calvert Townend, Mr Norman Riches, Mr Frederick Diamond, Mr Alan Brown and Mr Norman Robinson, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 10 March 2014 for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.


Russian Language and Culture discussed in Glasgow University

On 25 March 2015 ‘Many Faces of Russia’ conference focused on the Russian Language and Culture was hosted by the University of Glasgow. The annual event was attended by the University’s students and lecturers and researchers as well as by the representatives of cultural organisations


Russian compatriots meet in London

On 21 March 2015 the 7th Forum of Russian compatriots in Great Britain took place in London, gathering representatives of some 40 community organizations from throughout the country, as well as Russian diplomats, local councilors from London boroughs, journalists, cultural personalities.


Russian Embassy representatives took part in House of Lords hearings

On 19 March 2015 the Councillors of the Russian Embassy Ivan Volodin and Sergey Nalobin took part in a seminar dedicated to the European Union Committee's report "The EU and Russia: before and beyond the crisis in Ukraine" at the House of Lords. An open and thought-provoking discussion took place. The Russian diplomats welcomed and commended the authors' balanced and professional approach to the matter in question.


On participation of the Acting Head of the Federal Service on Surveillance in Healthcare of the Russian Federation Mikhail Murashko in the EMA Conference «Science, Medicines, Health»

On March 17-18 the European Medicines Agency Conference “Science, Medicines, Health: Patients at the heart of future innovation” was held in London. Acting Head of the Federal Service on Surveillance in Healthcare of the Russian Federation Mikhail Murashko took part in the EMA Forum.


Ambassador Yakovenko meets leader of Newham All Stars Sports Academy Natasha Hart

On 18 March 2015 Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko took part in a celebration event at Newham All Stars Sports Academy, a youth basketball charity founded by a Russian citizen Natasha Hart and based at the University of East London.


Road-show presentation in the UK of the Russian Regions’ investment potential

On 16-17 March Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Mr. Alexander Yakovenko took part in the road-show presentation of a number of Russian regions’ investment potential, organized by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives with the support of the Russian Embassy in the UK, the Russian Trade Delegation and the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce.

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